(HealthDay News) -- High-sodium foods can contribute to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for stroke and heart attack. The issue is compounded for people with diabetes, who are already at greater risk of heart attack and stroke.

The American Diabetes Association suggests these healthier choices that can help you cut down on salt:

  • Choose fresh fruits and fresh vegetables over packaged offerings.
  • Opt for dried versions of legumes, beans and peas instead of canned varieties.
  • Look for whole-grain foods that aren't packed with sodium, including whole-grain barley, popcorn, brown and wild rice and quinoa.
  • Choose seeds and nuts that aren't salted.