It’s no secret many of us have a taste for salt, but most of us are getting more sodium than we need. While some salt can bring out the flavor in your favorite foods, too much can play a role in high blood pressure. Everyone, including kids, should reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about 1 teaspoon of salt). Adults age 51 and older, and individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease should further reduce their sodium intake to 1,500 mg a day. Keep an eye on the sodium level of your favorite foods by following these tips:
Choose fresh or frozen poultry, seafood, and lean meats instead of prepared or ready-to-eat products
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