Watch for High-Sodium Combinations

Cooking at home is a great way to control what you're eating, but unless you're paying attention to the ingredients you use, don't assume that you are automatically creating lower-sodium meals. If your recipe calls for several high-sodium items, you could be serving a homemade dish that's as sodium heavy as a commercial product. Many standard family recipes, such as chili, lasagna, and tuna casserole, contain high-sodium ingredients that together significantly increase the sodium level of the finished dish. Tomatoes and beans are good examples of foods that in themselves do not contain a lot of sodium. When you buy the regular canned products, however, they are processed with salt, significantly increasing the sodium in dishes that call for these foods. Just replacing these staples with lower-sodium options can dramatically cut back on your overall sodium intake.

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