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Find, and reduce, hidden sources of sodium in your diet

Joseph LaFreniere is a success story. After having triple by-pass surgery, he radically altered his diet — lowering sodium, among other things.  He has lost 37.5 pounds and has more energy now.  He works out at the St. Peter’s Cardiac Rehab  Center in Albany recently.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Joseph LaFreniere is a success story. After having triple by-pass surgery, he radically altered his diet — lowering sodium, among other things. He has lost 37.5 pounds and has more energy now. He works out at the St. Peter’s Cardiac Rehab Center in Albany recently.
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According to experts, if Americans reduced their sodium intake by 1,200 mg per day, it could prevent 92,000 deaths, 66,000 strokes, 99,000 heart attacks and 120,000 new cases of heart disease annually. Think of the healthcare savings: It’s estimated at anywhere from $10 to $24 billion per year. Yes, these are astounding statistics, but reducing sodium intake is about far more than setting aside the salt shaker. In fact, the salt Americans shake onto their ...


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