If you are trying to control your blood pressure, you should be focusing on controlling your salt (sodium) intake. Our bodies only need about 500 mg of sodium per day, the average American takes in around 10x that amount. Look for reduced-sodium or low-sodium versions of your favorite foods, when possible. Salting your foods at the table instead of when cooking is another way to keep better control of your intake.
I found the following information on an online review of salt/sodium that I thought I would share:
Sodium occurs naturally in most foods. The most common form of sodium is sodium chloride, which is table salt. Milk, beets, and celery also naturally contain sodium, as does drinking water, although the amount varies depending on the source.
Sodium is also added to various food products. Some of these added forms are monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin, baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and sodium benzoate. These are ingredients in condiments and seasonings such as Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, onion salt, garlic salt, and bouillon cubes.
Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, and ham, and canned soups and vegetables are all examples of foods that contain added sodium. Fast foods are generally very high in sodium.
Looking for more flavor? Instead of salt, try flavoring your foods with lemon juice, vinegar, herbs, salt-free blends, citrus zest, chopped chile peppers, or onions or garlic or minced fresh ginger root.
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