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What low-sodium recipes can help to treat high blood pressure?

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The American Heart Association publishes a list of low-sodium recipes that include grilled chicken with raspberry glaze, cranberry-glazed pork tenderloin, salmon with honey balsamic glaze, and halibut with green onions and ginger. Recipes are based on the DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, explains Mayo Clinic.

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What low-sodium recipes can help to treat high blood pressure?
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The DASH diet emphasizes the reduction of sodium and incorporating a variety of foods rich in nutrients, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. The standard DASH recipes allow for the consumption of up to 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, according to Mayo Clinic. A lower-sodium version of the diet restricts sodium to 1,500 milligrams per day. By comparison, sodium in a traditional diet can be 3,500 milligrams or more per day.

For both versions of the DASH diet, the recommended daily servings of each food group are: six to eight servings of grains; four to five servings of vegetables; four to five servings of fruit; two to three servings of dairy; two to three servings of fats and oils; and six or fewer servings of lean meat, fish and poultry. Four to five servings of nuts, seeds and legumes per week are also recommended, and no more than five sweets. Alcohol is discouraged, notes the Mayo Clinic.

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