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Smart swaps for salty foods.

How can I eat less sodium, besides avoiding canned soups and condiments?

Evangeline Sanchez, email

Subbing healthier options for salty favorites cuts back on sodium and can help your heart and blood vessels. Values are based on USDA and manufacturer websites.

* Having a sandwich? Say "no" to croissants and "yes" to thin-sliced wheat bread. Sodium savings: 324 mg per piece

* Stock up on frozen veggies, not canned ones. Sodium savings: 342 mg per cup green beans

* Buy reduced-sodium deli meats. Sodium savings: 300 mg per 4-ounce serving of oven-roasted turkey

* Skip chicken labeled "enhanced with chicken broth" and purchase hens with no added salt and water. Sodium savings: 180 mg per 4-ounce serving

* Grate Swiss cheese over salads and pizza in favor of Parmesan. Sodium savings: 377 mg per ounce

* Check labels on breakfast cereal, soda, and ice cream for hidden sodium. (Versions of the same product can vary.) Sodium savings: 214 mg per cup of Mini-Wheats versus Wheaties

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Title Annotation:ASK DR. ZIPES
Author:Zipes, Douglas
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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