The temptation to sprinkle a little sodium chloride, or table salt, on your salad, meat and vegetables is a strong one. A little salt and pepper can turn a drab meal into a flavor sensation. Beware:  Salt intake can also send your blood pressure soaring.

Become familiar with those nutrition labels. While you’re tracking fat, cholesterol and calories, double check the milligrams of salt. As pointed out in the following piece from the Los Angeles Times, a good deal of salt can be found in some processed and packaged foods:

Should you use salt substitutes? According to the Cleveland Clinic, that depends on whether you have other health issues. For instance, a salt substitute can contain potassium chloride, which may be harmful if you have kidney problems. A better option may be herbs and spices:

Restaurant food can also contain high amounts of salt. See if your restaurant or fast food outlet can provide you with a nutrition chart for their meals. While congratulations are in order if you are able to throw away your salt shaker, keep close tabs on salt milligrams in processed and packaged foods.