The nutrient label singles out facts on sodium, or salt, for good reason. Too much can increase the risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) — one of the leading causes of heart disease. Studies show that the lower an individual’s salt intake, the lower the risk of developing hypertension. Consuming enough potassium also helps keep blood pressure down.
Look for packaged foods that contain 5% or less of the daily value of sodium. When choosing canned foods, rinsing the liquid off the food can help lower the sodium content