Tuesday, June 18 2013, 08:00 AM MDT
Are You Eating Too Much Salt?
(KUTV) Are you eating too much Salt? Experts say all you need is half a teaspoon a day – but studies show most adults almost double that.
A few tips to help you reduce your intake:
1. Read the Labels
Salt or sodium is everywhere and in the most surprising locations. We have to read the label on everything we eat. If you don't read the labels you will never be able to avoid sodium!
2. Avoid the Center Aisles of the Supermarkets
Yes, the center aisles of the grocery stores are where you can find all of the processed foods. If you want to avoid the salt overdose of the American food culture you need to stay on the edges of the supermarkets where you can find the fresh foods.
3. Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables with Every Meal
While salt dramatically increases our blood pressure causing a myriad of problems fruits and vegetables have plenty of potassium and magnesium, which can lower our blood pressure. Also, fruits and vegetables have little to no sodium and are incredibly heart healthy. Thus, while it is not part of our culture, it is important to serve vegetables and fruits with every meal including a breakfast vegetable and a dinner fruit!
(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group.)