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Illinois, Do You Know Your Sodium Level?

(Undated) -- Even if you've put down the salt shaker, there's a good chance you're still getting too much sodium in your diet, which could be putting you at risk for serious health issues. Registered Dietician Lori Jones says many Illinoisans have done a good job cutting back on salt in foods they prepare at home. However, she says the problem is that most people just aren't doing as much of their own cooking these days. Nearly all of the one-thousand people surveyed by the American Heart Association either underestimated or didn't know how much sodium they eat every day. Too much sodium can increase a person's risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and other major health problems.

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