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Eating salt (sodium) can make your body retain too much water. Excess water makes your heart work harder. Canned, packaged, and frozen foods are easy to prepare. But they are often high in sodium. Here are some ideas for low-salt foods you can easily make yourself.
Fruit or 100% fruit juice
Whole-wheat bread or an English muffin. Look for sodium content on Nutrition Facts labels.
Low-fat milk or yogurt
Unsalted steamed rice
Regular (not instant) hot cereal, made without salt
Sausage, bacon, and ham
Packaged muffins, pancakes, and biscuits
Instant hot cereals
Fresh fish, chicken, turkey, or meat—baked, broiled, or roasted without salt
Dry beans, cooked without salt
Tofu, stir-fried without salt
Unsalted fresh fruit and vegetables, or frozen or canned fruit and vegetables with no added salt
Lunch or deli meat that is cured or smoked
Tomato juice and ketchup
Canned vegetables, soups, and fish not labeled as no-salt-added or reduced sodium
Packaged gravies and sauces
Olives, pickles, and relish
Bottled salad dressings
Unsalted, air-popped popcorn
Unsalted nuts or seeds
Pies and cakes
Packaged dessert mixes
Canned and packaged puddings
Pretzels, chips, crackers, and nuts—unless the label says unsalted
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