High Blood Pressure

Also called hypertension, this condition puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke. Diet plays a big role in your chance of developing high blood pressure. Following an eating plan low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in total fat is important for heart health generally and may help prevent or control high blood pressure. A key ingredient of this plan should be reducing your intake of salt (sodium chloride) and other forms of sodium.

Only small amounts of salt occur naturally in foods. Instead, most of the salt Americans consume is added during food processing, in preparation at home, or in a restaurant. By cutting back on salt, you'll probably lessen your taste for it over time.

Try to consume no more than 6 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of table salt a day. That equals 2.4 grams (2,400 milligrams) of sodium a day. Studies such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension trial, or DASH, show that persons with or at an increased risk of developing high blood pressure can help control or prevent the condition by further reducing table salt—to 4 grams (or 2/3 teaspoon) a day. That equals 1.5 grams (1,500 milligrams) of sodium a day. Both totals include ALL salt and sodium consumed—that used in cooking and at the table, as well as in prepared foods.

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