Heart association challenges Americans to cut out salt

Friday, January 04, 2013
Various types of salt are shown in this file photo. The government released a guideline stating that certain groups of people should lower their salt intake to about half a teaspoon daily.

As part of its 2011 dietary guideline, the USDA recommends certain people to reduce their salt intake to a little more than half a teaspoon daily. One way to reduce salt intake is to use little or no salt when cooking or eating. (AP Photo)

Health officials are challenging Americans to reduce their salt intake.

The American Heart Association is launching a three week 'Sodium Swap Challenge' beginning on January 7th.

The AHA says it can be done by cutting out bread, cold cuts and cured meats from our diets. Making those changes to your diet can make a dramatic difference.

They also recommend limiting condiments and reading nutritional labels to reduce sodium intake.

While that may seem difficult, experts said people can change their palate and enjoy foods with less salt in just 21 days.

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