Salt often gets a bad wrap, but it’s actually an essential part of your diet that’s necessary for optimal health. Finding the balance between enough and too much is important — it’s suggested to consume about 1 tsp of salt per day.
We tend to eat way more than that, though. Salt is hiding in places we don’t expect, and there are foods you may not realize are high in sodium such as:
- salad dressings
- canned foods
- frozen foods
- cold cuts
One thing all of these have in common is they are pre-packaged foods. A simple way to cut out excess salt is to eat as many whole foods as possible. You can even try making these items at home, such as salad dressings and making your own stocks. These are easier to make than you might think!