Eating out can be a great way to reduce your sodium intake. Before ordering, ask for nutritional information and select a low-sodium meal. Request that no salt be added to the meal, and opt for vegetables without added salt or fruit as a side dish. Sharing a meal with a friend or family member is also a great way to reduce your sodium intake.
Make takeout and fast food an occasional treat. If you can't reduce your consumption of ultra-processed foods, look for packages with labels that are low in sodium or very low in sodium. A low sodium label means that the food contains 140 milligrams of sodium or less per 100 grams, while a label with a very low sodium content means that the food contains 35 milligrams or less of sodium per 100 grams. Both are great options when it comes to reducing your sodium intake.
If your local supermarket doesn't have many low-sodium products, visit Healthy Heart Market, an online store that offers tons of low-sodium products. We currently consume about 1.5 teaspoons of salt a day, which is one and a half times the maximum recommended intake. Most of it comes from the processed and manufactured foods we buy. When it comes to sauces, some brands offer reduced-salt versions.
These options are good to consider if your family loves salsa, but keep in mind that these sauces contain “less” salt, but are still not “low” in salt.