Tips for reducing salt in your diet, from Harvard Men’s Health Watch

Although salt is essential for health, less is more when it comes to this ubiquitous mineral, reports the November 2010 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch.

Experts agree that the average American diet contains far more sodium than needed. Over the past dozen years, the evidence has tilted strongly in favor of reducing dietary sodium to lower blood pressure and improve health. Yet progress toward lowering sodium has been slow, in part because Americans are accustomed to salty foods.

Nearly everyone can benefit from sodium restriction. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day, and that people with high blood pressure, all middle-aged and older adults, and all African Americans get no more than 1,500 mg a day.

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