Taking steps to reduce salt intake

“Sodium is found naturally in almost all foods and certain food types such as bread, certain meats, and snacks are very high in sodium,” Dr. von Schwarz told MNT.

While people expect certain foods to have a lot of salt, they might be surprised to learn that some bread has a higher sodium content. With that in mind, people interested in reducing their salt intake can start by paying attention to the sodium content in the foods they consume by checking the nutrition labels.

If they notice the sodium content is high, they can choose to avoid the food or plan to consume foods with a lower salt content for the rest of the day.

People can also try to be more aware of how much salt they add to their food when cooking. Seasoning packets often have a higher sodium content, which people might not realize since they are not directly adding salt to their food.