(HealthDay News) -- Many foods and recipes include lots of salt (sodium), which can raise your blood pressure.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests how to cut down on sodium in your diet:

  • Purchase vegetables that are fresh, canned or frozen without any added salt.
  • Stick to fresh meat, fish and poultry instead of processed or canned products.
  • Season foods with salt-free seasonings, spices and herbs. Avoid instant pastas, rice and other foods with prepackaged seasonings.
  • If you do eat canned foods, rinse the contents to wash off some of the sodium.
  • Avoid prepared foods such as frozen pizzas or entrees.
  • Buy lower-sodium varieties of your favorite foods.