Shake the Salt During the Holidays

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The holiday season is about family, fun and food. But did you know that many of your favorite holiday treats might be packed with sodium? Breads, rolls, sauces and canned foods are all high in sodium.

Too much sodium can raise your blood pressure.

The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 1,500 mg of salt a day (⅔ teaspoon of salt). When shopping for your meal ingredients, be sure to read labels. Use herbs like rosemary, cloves and cinnamon instead of adding flavor with salt or butter.

If you are using canned products, be sure to rinse the food items before cooking and serving. Remember to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.

You can also reduce your intake of sodium by choosing smaller sized holiday treats. If you are eating out, ask for sauces and gravies on the side instead of on top of your meal.