Salt is another critical nutrient that our bodies need, but rarely as much as we give it. In proper balance with potassium, salt helps to support kidney function and control blood pressure. But too much of it leads to problems like hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis.
Many processed and packaged foods are loaded with salt to keep you craving more. However, when you cook food fresh at home, you’ll naturally use less salt and still be satisfied.
Handle with care: Potato and tortilla chips, French fries, TV dinners
Eat instead: Low-salt nuts, unsalted popcorn, whole grain crackers & hummus, kale chips