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6 Ways to Use Less Salt

Most Americans eat 4,000 to 6,000mg of sodium a day. That's two to three times more than they should. Here's how to get the flavor benefits of salt without going overboard.

By Regina Ragone

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If you are an adult age 50 or younger, try to trim your intake to 2,300mg of sodium or fewer a day. For those over 50, African-Americans, and others at risk of elevated blood pressure, aim for 1,500mg or fewer. Pull out those reading glasses and your calculator—check labels for sodium content and keep your daily target in mind.

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