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Cut Back on Salt

Cut Back on Salt

It's a well-known fact that most Americans eat way too much salty food. But here's a reason to hide the salt shaker — heart health. It's not as hard as it sounds, either. Research shows that cutting just 3 grams — half a teaspoon — of salt from your daily diet can dramatically reduce your risk for heart attack and help lower your blood pressure. Nix the sodium-laden processed foods and snacks and opt for whole, home-cooked goodness and greet the new year with a light (and healthy!) heart.

Get more tips on how to shake the salt habit!

By MedHelp Editors. Published January 3, 2012.