Salt is found in most processed foods to make them taste better and help them last longer. Most people eat too much salt. Too much makes your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes go up.

Limit your salt intake by:

  • Eating less processed foods
  • Not eating out at restaurants
  • Eating fresh or frozen vegetables over canned vegetables
  • Looking for “low sodium” or “no added salt” on the label of canned foods
  • Draining and rinsing canned beans and vegetables before heating or adding them to a recipe
  • Buying spices without salt, such as garlic powder instead of garlic salt
  • Getting rid of the salt shaker at home and season with herbs and spices
  • Asking for your food to not be salted at restaurants

Foods high in salt are:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned soups
  • Chips, crackers, and pretzels
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Lunchmeat, hotdogs, and other processed proteins
  • Frozen pizza, breakfast sandwiches, and microwavable meals