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Tips for avoiding hidden sodium at the supermarket

Many of us, myself included, are focusing our efforts on making more nutritious choices in 2012. One option for eating healthier is to pay closer attention to salt intake. The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume less than 1500 mg of sodium a day, and past research has shown that reducing Americans' salt intake by a half teaspoon a day could prevent 92,000 deaths, 99,000 heart attacks and 66,000 strokes -- which is on par with the benefits of population-wide reductions in smoking.

Many processed and prepared foods are high in sodium, so reducing salt intake can be difficult. But in the above video, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center dietitian Arielle Rosenberg offers help: She walks the grocery store aisles and offers tips on understanding sodium content in foods and how to adopt a low-salt eating approach. It's worth watching.

Previously: Food blogger Jessica Goldman discusses turning dietary restrictions into a culinary adventure, Hold the salt, says the CDC, AHA calls for population-wide reduction in daily salt intake, National guidelines for salt intake questioned, Hold the salt, and help the heart, Holding the salt could save lives, money and A grain of salt concerning salt-intake reduction
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