The U.S. Food Drug Administration recommends that healthy adults limit their sodium intake to 2,300 mg a day—the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of salt. Too much salt in the diet can lead to high blood pressure, which increases your risk of heart disease. For our heart patients, however, we like to set an even lower intake of less than 2,000 mg of sodium a day. Here are some tips for cutting the sodium from your diet and making smart food choices for a healthy heart and lifestyle.
1. Garlic Since ancient times garlic has been used to treat heart disease and hypertension. According to a study published in preventive medicine, garlic inhibits coronary artery calcification which serves as a marker for plaque formation.