For your health: Can’t shake your salt habit? Try this.
You probably know that eating a low-sodium diet can help keep your blood pressure in check and lower your risk for heart attacks and stroke--but that can be a tricky task considering that more than 75 percent of the salt we eat sneaks into our diets via processed and packaged foods. Luckily, several studies have suggested that eating more high-potassium foods can help offset sodium intake and lead to lower, healthier blood pressure. The American Dietetic Association recommends getting 4,700 mg of the mineral per day from foods like potatoes (one baked potato contains about 1,000mg), bananas (one medium-sized banana has about 420mg), cantaloupe, brown rice, apples and lima beans.