Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local cardiologist supports government efforts to raise the pressure on food companies and restaurants to use less salt.

The FDA is getting ready to issue voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels.

“The more salt that we eat, the higher our blood pressures are, the higher the risk for heart attacks, and the higher the risk for stroke,” says SLU Care cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim is at St. Louis University Hospital.

Dr. Lim says when shopping, look for food labels that say very low sodium or sodium-free, avoid fried foods and avoid added salt.

If you really need to flavor your food, use peppers or salt substitutes like a Mrs. Dash sodium-free seasoning.

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