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I Am Supposed to Limit My Sodium Level. What Can I Do to Add Flavor to Foods?

People may need to limit salt in their diet for many reasons, including high blood pressure or kidney disease. An easy way to reduce your sodium intake is to stop using the salt shaker. Another strategy is to taste food before adding salt. When preparing food, the following ingredients can be used instead of salt:

  • Herbs and spices
  • Onions and garlic
  • Balsamic vinegar and flavored vinegars
  • Citrus juice

Look for prepared items in the grocery store with less sodium, such as no-salt-added canned tomatoes, low-sodium broth and light soy sauce. If you cannot find reduced-sodium items, canned beans or canned vegetables can be drained and rinsed to reduce the salt.


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