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If you don't cook, how much control can you have over the amount of salt you eat? If you don’t prepare your own meals but want to reduce your sodium you will need to be able to read nutrition labels and look up estimates of sodium content for foods without labels (try CalorieKing).

If you want to be certain that you are staying within the recommended daily limit you will also need to track the sodium you’ve consumed for the day.

Eating lower sodium foods for breakfast and lunch can give you more leeway when choosing foods for dinner. When selecting ready meals, go for healthier frozen and prepared options. Get to know the ingredients of take away menus and choose the lower sodium options.

You can also bulk up your meals with low sodium foods like fresh vegetables or rice. Another strategy is to learn to cook simple meals - simple microwave recipes is a good place to start. Click on the link below to read the full article with tips and comments on some products.

Other parts in this series:

The Salt Challenge - what are your options?

The Salt Challenge - tracking your sodium

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