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Salt revisited

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June 22nd, 2010
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How much salt would you put in your knowledge about sodium? Take our quiz and find out! (RELATED STORY: "Kick the salt habit") True or False? If you're trying to watch your sodium intake, eating a can of soup at lunch is a good alternative to a hamburger and fries. False. One cup of canned soup can have up to 1,300 milligrams of sodium. Look for low- or reduced-sodium or no salt added versions of foods. True or False? Frozen dinners are good choices when you re trying to eat less sodium. False. Frozen entr es can have a lot of sodium in even a single portion sometimes over 1,500 mg of sodium. Read the label carefully to find out the sodium content. Frozen dinners aren't the only convenience foods high in sodium. Foods like pizza, packaged mixes, canned soups or broths, and salad dressings can also have a lot of sodium. True or False? Some people are more sensitive to salt and sodium. True. Some people, such as African-Americans and older adults, are more sensitive to salt and sodium and may need to be particularly careful about how much they consume. True or False? Sodium is found only in processed foods. False. Sodium is found naturally in many foods. But processed foods account for most of the salt and sodium Americans consume. Processed foods with high amounts of sodium include canned vegetables and soups, frozen dinners, lunch meats, instant and ready-to-eat cereals, salty chips, and other snacks. True or False? Another name for table salt is sodium chloride. True. Table salt and sodium chloride are the same thing. A key ingredient of healthy eating is choosing foods lower in salt (sodium chloride) and other forms of sodium. True or False? Herbs, spices, and salt-free seasoning blends are better than salt for cooking. True. Try to spice it up! It's easy to make foods tasty without using salt. Check out this guide (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/prevent/sodium/flavor.htm) to flavoring alternatives.

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