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Just in time for Halloween: Sneaky Salt

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too much salt in our food is scary
Too much sugar isn’t the only scary part of Halloween.

Something might be hiding in your pantry, lurking in your neighborhood restaurant, or even creeping into your lunchbox: sneaky salt.

Even if you never use the salt shaker, you might be eating too much sodium. Almost 80% of the sodium Americans eat comes from packaged, prepared and restaurant foods. Because sodium is put in food before you buy it, it can be hard to limit how much sodium you eat.

Did you know that salt can be found in foods you might not expect? In fact, the top six sources of sodium in the U.S. includes some foods that don’t necessarily taste salty:

  • breads and rolls
  • cold cuts and cured meats
  • pizza
  • soup
  • sandwiches
  • poultry

Americans deserve the opportunity to choose how much sodium they are eating. Right now, that decision has been made for us by food manufacturers and the restaurant industry.

And, Americans want change! An AHA survey found that 75% of adults in the U.S. preferred less sodium in processed and restaurant foods.

Tell your friends by clicking to tweet:

Tweet: Don’t let #SneakySalt scare you on #Halloween. Take an AHA pledge to #BreakUpWithSalt for yourself & your community

And, follow these tips to get started:

  • Read food labels to help you make healthier choices. Compare the nutrition labels of similar products and choose the one with the lowest sodium.
  • Prepare food at home to have more control over the amount of sodium you eat. Reduce and replace some of all of the salt you use in cooking or at the table with herbs, spices, citrus juice, or flavored vinegars.
  • Request foods prepared with less salt when dining out.
  • Use these tricks for healthier Halloween treats.

Have you told your friends about sneaky salt?