Your Low-Sodium Grocery List: Foods to Shop For (and Avoid)

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There are plenty of abundant sources of salt in our diets. Open up a cookbook to just about any page, and you’ll probably find that the recipe on it mentions adding a pinch or two of salt for flavor — even if it doesn’t include salt on the ingredients list! And that’s not to mention the salt content of processed and prepared foods we pick up at the grocery store. Table salt is a common ingredient in food, and it’s one of our main sources of sodium. Some Americans eat an average of five or more teaspoons of salt every day, and even if a food doesn’t taste salty, it could still be high in sodium.

While there are benefits to consuming sodium — it helps our nerves and muscles work properly and balances the fluid levels in our bodies — getting too much sodium from your diet can be harmful to your health. Because consuming excess sodium can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, many people are opting for low-sodium diets. Your doctor might have even recommended one. These diets can be an adjustment, so it’s important to learn the basics and develop a meal plan. Get started with these tips and food recommendations.