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Simple Ways to Shake Off Your Salt Habit

Monday, 03 Mar 2014 09:21 AM

Moviegoers love a good secret. There are more than 200 movies with the word "Secret" in the title - including, we kid you not, "The Secret Lives of Dentists" and "The Secret of the Ooze." Those secrets can set you back $12 and waste your time, but Secret Salt hidden in food at the concession stand and on store shelves, well, that can knock you off your feet.

A new survey from Dr. Mike's Cleveland Clinic shows how much we don't know about secret sodium sources (hint: they're most often found in prepared foods). Today's top 10? Numero uno is bread, and three-quarters of you told the clinic's researchers you had no idea it was in there! The list continues with cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes and snacks.

Why does this matter? Chances are, like most North Americans, you take in around 3,300 mg of sodium a day. But anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or kidney problems - that's 60 percent of you - should have only 1,500 mg. And for some with salt-sensitive high blood pressure (thank heavens it's less than 0.5 percent of you), excess intake of sodium is deadly. To avoid salt bombs, prepare fresh foods so you control the saltshaker; skip fast foods and packaged meals. For the rest of you, just cut back; the excess elevates blood pressure a little, which can promote heart disease and stroke. But you don't need to be overly compulsive about cutting salt, just a little careful.

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Moviegoers love a good secret. There are more than 200 movies with the word Secret in the title - including, we kid you not, The Secret Lives of Dentists and The Secret of the Ooze. Those secrets can set you back $12 and waste your time, but Secret Salt hidden in food...
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