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High Blood Pressure - How Much Salt Is Too Much What You Need To Know Choose low- or reduced-sodium, or no-salt-added versions of foods and condiments when available. ● Choose fresh, frozen, or canned (low-sodium or no-salt-added) vegetables. ● Use fresh poultry, fish, and lean meat, rather than canned, smoked, or processed types. ● Choose ready-to-eat breakfast cereals that are lower in sodium. ● Limit cured foods (such as bacon and ham); foods packed in brine (such as pickles, pickled vegetables, olives, and sauerkraut); and condiments (such as mustard, horseradish, ketchup, and barbecue sauce). Limit even lower sodium versions of soy sauce and teriyaki sauce. Treat these condiments sparingly as you do table salt. ● Cook rice, pasta, and hot cereals without salt. Cut back on instant or flavored rice, pasta, and cereal mixes, which usually have added salt. ● Choose “convenience” foods that are lower in sodium. Cut back on frozen dinners, mixed dishes such as pizza, packaged mixes, canned soups or broths, and salad dressings—these often have a lot of sodium. ● Rinse canned foods, such as tuna andcanned beans, to remove some of the sodium. ● Use spices instead of salt. In cooking and at the table, flavor foods with herbs, spices, lemon, lime, vinegar, or salt-free seasoning blends. Start by cutting salt in half.