eDiets' "Low Sodium" Diet Plan

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

Studies have shown that a diet high in sodium (salt) is a contributor to higher blood pressure levels. With the stresses in our hectic, daily lives, no one needs higher blood pressure. eDiet’s “Low Sodium” Diet Plan is a diet to help you keep your BP OK - for life.

High blood pressure (hypertension, to doctors) is not a good thing. In fact, it's a very bad thing. An individual with high blood pressure, over a long period of time, is much more likely to experience a stroke or heart attack sometime down the road.

It's a problem that must be addressed. In some more serious cases, blood pressure must be controlled through the use of daily medication, but in all cases, lowering your blood pressure gives your heart, arteries and the rest of your circulatory system a break by taking some of the pressure off. And, one of the best ways to do that is to limit your intake of salt.

Boring! Come on, what's popcorn without salt? Or peanuts? Or a nice steak? Salt brings out the tastes in food, and we've become so used to it that unsalted foods often taste just plain bland.

So, how can you consume less sodium, and still enjoy the foods you eat? That's what Low Sodium Diet - for weight loss by eDiets.com shows you. And it's not that hard. In fact, using the tips and recipes contained in this program, you'll actually discover some new spices and herbs to add zip to foods without a zap to your blood pressure.

Salt occurs naturally in many foods, so to eliminate all salt would be difficult and unnecessary. A low-sodium diet is one that contains fewer than 2,400 milligrams of NACL (that's the chemical symbol for salt) - and that's nothing more than a mere smidge of salt a day. Check out the nutrition label on your favorite canned soup. One serving of tomato soup contains an entire day's requirement for sodium - and that doesn't even include the taco chips you sprinkle on top!

So, the key is to avoid highly-salted, prepared foods (that's most of them), make your own foods (you can make a virtually salt-free soup that'll taste delicious) and substitute other herbs and spices to tingle your taste buds.

Instead of sprinkling salt on your corn-on-the-cob, give the old pepper grinder a few cranks and enjoy a whole new taste sensation. Instead of salting your salad, chop in some fresh parsley and basil. You'll never even miss the salt.

Old eating habits die hard, but people with bad eating habits die young.