You know potato chips, cheese crunchies and canned peanuts contain tons of salt. Congratulations if you have the willpower to drop these goodies and choose more fruits, vegetables and whole grain foods. By making these better choices, you’ll improve your health. And your heart will thank you.

If your doctor tells you to restrict your salt intake, be aware that many other food items contain salt. You’ll be surprised that salt is in ready-to-eat cereals, vegetable juices and, yes, even in condiments you put on your hamburger. Check out an informative slide show from Webmd.com.

If you’re serious about cutting back on salt, read Karen Kaplan’s article in the Los Angeles Times. Not one, but three studies show the health benefits of lowering your salt intake.

Several low-sodium recipes are available on the Internet. For recipes, and tips on how to cut back on your salt, visit Allrecipes.com.

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