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Strategies for cutting back on salt

NutritionSource, a Web site developed by the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, has an in-depth package of articles called "Cutting Salt and Sodium." One of the articles, co-authored by the Culinary Institute of America, a leader in teaching chefs and other food service workers, offers 25 science-based strategies for cutting back on salt. (Click here for a printable version.)

The Nutrition Source

Tasting Success with Cutting Salt: Twenty-Five Science-Based Strategies & Culinary Insights

Developed by the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health & The Culinary Institute of America

The Institute of Medicine's newly released report, Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States, focuses on big-picture strategies for reining in America's salt habit. (1) Although the report's recommendations represent an essential step forward, there are many things that individuals, chefs, and organizations can do right now to reduce sodium.

Consumers can use these tips when they cook at home, shop in the supermarket, or choose a meal at their favorite restaurant. Chefs and product developers can tap these ideas in the professional kitchen. Media representatives, healthcare professionals, and food marketers can mine this list for ways to promote positive and delicious nutrition messages about cutting salt.

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