You know the guideline for healthful eating: Choose and prepare foods with less salt. How have you addressed this “salty issue”? Check off the tips that apply to your approach to eating. Do you…
* Shake a little salt on your food only after you taste it?
* Enjoy plenty of fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables?
* Keep the salt shaker in the cabinet, not on the table or kitchen counter where it’s easier to use?
* Skip the salt in cooking water – for pasta, rice, and vegetables?
* Season food mostly with herbs, spices or fruit juice?
* Read Nutrition Facts on food labels to check the amount of sodium in food?
* Consider the sodium content of restaurant food or fast food if you eat out regularly?
* Enjoy processed meats such as corned beef, ham, bacon, bologna, salami, hot dogs, and pastrami only occasionally?
* Buy brands of prepared foods and snack foods that have less sodium or salt?
* Go easy on condiments such as mustard, ketchup, soy sauce, and tartar sauce, or use brands with less sodium?
* Balance your food choices: if you enjoy some foods with more sodium, also eat others with less?
How many boxes did you check?
If you said yes to
* Nine to 11 items, you’re likely consuming moderate amounts of sodium and salt.
* Six to eight items: you’re controlling the sodium and salt in your food choices but may be able to “shake the sodium habit” even more
* Five or fewer items: It’s time to moderate the sodium and salt in your eating plan.