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Sodium

Posted by JCC Pittsburgh on June 18, 2015

Sodium gets a bad rap-and deservedly so. Our bodies do need this mineral, but in much smaller amounts than we normally eat. To prevent high blood pressure and heart disease, a healthy sodium goal to strive for is no more than 1,500 milligrams per day. Keep in mind that sodium doesn’t just come from the salt shaker; processed foods, frozen entrees, common condiments (like ketchup), deli 6+ meats (such as salami and ham) and cheeses (including cottage cheese) can be high in sodium. Cutting back on sodium is one action you can take to reduce your risk of high blood pressure and the related complications. Keep in mind that your taste buds are probably accustomed to a strong taste of salt, so limiting your consumption might take a little getting used to, but your health is worth it, right?

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