Remember, salt is not a stroke-friendly food. Excessive sodium in the diet can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension), a precursor to stroke. So by managing our salt intake with these easy tips, we can help keep our blood flowing smoothly.
4. Kick the Can
Canned food is easy, convenient, and dangerously salty. Some people are aware of how much sodium canned soup has (way too much, if you were curious), but canned tomato sauce and most other sauces contain jaw-dropping amounts of salt too.
The easy solution: If you can’t avoid them completely, be sure to rinse the contents of your canned food with water. According to the Journal of Culinary Science and Technology, rinsing canned beans results in a 41% sodium reduction. Just by adding one simple step!
5. Bump Up the Fruits and Veggies
Fresh fruits and vegetables are naturally very low in sodium, so swapping salty, processed food for fresh produce is an excellent choice.
The easy solution: When fresh produce is out of reach, frozen fruits and veggies are an excellent option. In fact, frozen fruits are nutritionally comparable to fresh fruits, so bring on the smoothies!
6. Beware of Breakfast!
When we grow up on certain foods, we seldom think to check the label when we’re in the habit of just… eating. But remember to always check the nutrition panel! Especially at breakfast time. Check out these 5 common breakfast foods that all contain a surprising amount of salt: coffee drinks, cereal, frozen waffles, muffins, and bagels. Did any of those surprise you?
The easy solution: Try cutting your serving in half to slash the sodium by 50%. Sometimes we need to indulge in a little salty treat, so pay extra attention to your sodium intake on days where you want to budget in a little salty splurge.
And with these 6 tips, you’ll be on your way to a healthier, stroke-preventative diet in no time. How do you manage your sodium levels? Leave us a comment below to share your advice with our community!