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Choose Less Sodium

. . . and lower your blood pressure and risk of heart attack and stroke.

Information for Consumers

Most people eat more salt than they should.

  • Cutting down on salt helps prevent and control high blood pressure.
  • The general population should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day.
Your salt shaker is not the main problem!
  • Most of the salt we eat - almost 80% - comes from packaged, processed and store-bought food, and from restaurant meals (including fast food).
  • Only about 10% of the sodium in our diet comes from salt we add during cooking or at the table.

Many foods pack a lot more salt than you think. Read the Nutrition Facts label to choose products with less sodium.

Choose a heart-healthy diet - DASH

The DASH eating plan (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a simple heart healthy diet that can help prevent or lower high blood pressure.

The diet is LOW in salt, cholesterol, saturated and total fat and HIGH in fruits and vegetables, fiber, and low-fat dairy products.

Combining the DASH eating plan with other lifestyle changes, like getting more physical activity, gives you the biggest benefits.

Additional information


Information for Health Care Providers

Hypertension Management:

Dietary Recommendations:

For Your Patients:

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