There are lots of great reasons to limit your sodium intake, but the heart of the matter is heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control opens in a new tab, “research shows a dose-dependent relationship between consuming too much salt and elevated blood pressure.”
The American Heart Association opens in a new tab recommends that American consume less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day — that’s between 1/2 and 3/4 teaspoons of salt. You may think that’s no big deal — after all, few of us actually add that much salt at the table. But the real challenge is avoiding salt in restaurant meals and processed foods. Sometimes foods that don’t even taste all that salty can be hidden sources of sodium.
Avoiding traditional processed foods — including high-sodium canned soups, breads, lunch meats, frozen dinners and pizzas — is one way to be sodium savvy.
Check out our healthy tips for building flavor opens in a new tab in home-cooked meals, and try some of our favorite low-sodium recipes*:
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*One serving of our low-sodium recipes contains less than or equal to 140mg sodium per serving plus less than or equal to: 13g total fat, 4g saturated fat and 60mg cholesterol per serving.
Don’t have time to cook? With the exception of condiments, all of the Engine 2 Plant-Strong® products are made with a ratio of sodium to calories that’s less than 1:1. Check out Engine 2 Plant-Strong® Fiesta Blend for a quick meal or Engine 2 Plant-Strong® Pasta Sauce for homemade pizzas and pasta dishes.
Search for more low-sodium recipes using our advanced recipe search opens in a new tab. And take a look at our healthy eating pages opens in a new tab for tips, meal plans, recipes and so much more.
Do you have a favorite low-sodium food or recipe? Please share in the comments section!