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Eat Less: Processed Meats

Eat Less: Processed Meats

If you're sprinkling less salt on your food, great. But most of the blood pressure-boosting sodium in our diets actually comes from packaged and processed foods, not the salt shaker. Which salty culprits should you steer clear of? Bacon, sausage, bologna, hot dogs and other processed meat products.
Heart-healthy choice: Opt for low-salt or salt-free meat options, such as sliced turkey breast, chicken and even lean beef. 

By Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RD. Rachel is a New York City-based nutrition writer, educator and counselor. Published February 22, 2011.
Reviewed by Joseph Sclafani, MD on April 16, 2015.