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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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2/26/13 12:59 P

That's often the tradeoff for low-fat stuff. They still have to have flavor, and the flavor often comes from sodium-laced additives. Low fat is not necessarily healthier for you!

If you'd like to try taco seasoning, I'd suggest Chef Meg's blend... much lower in sodium. Do mind the sodium on the chili powder, though!
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JACQUM01 SparkPoints: (1,488)
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2/26/13 12:31 P

Thanks for all your opinions everybody! More specifically i usually have issues with sodium when it comes to supper. This is when i eat my "heartier" meal of the day, which will be a pasta, a sandwich, or a wrap. The sodium i usually find on my low fat dressings. I only use the 2 tbsp serving but the sodium content is in the 400's. Also I added taco seasoning to my ground turkey the other day and the sodium was kind of high but the calories were very low.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 1,905
2/25/13 5:07 P

Salt has no calories, but it does cause your body to retain fluids. Diabetics and those with high blood pressure need to defineltly monitor salt intake. If you do stick to a low salt diet, it will likely consist of a lower calorie, healthier food associated with weight loss. I find that many of my freinds crave salty foods after eating a large carb rich meal.

Viseral fat is the worst kind of belly fat...apples and cherries lower insulin levels, which speed up the burning of visceral belly fat....so it really does help to keep sodium to a minimum and get that flat belly.

Some cereals are high in sodium, as well as, French Fries, processed foods, some canned goods, spaghetti sauce, potato chips, cheese puffs, pretzels, ketchup, relish, anchovies, capers, headache & heartburn medicines, MSG, canned soups, even our chicken is pumped with sodium. Check the labels and it is a good idea to track sodium as salt can build up over years and form plaque which can cause clogs in the arteries.

Also if you crave sweets, it could be a sign that you consume too much salt. Glad to hear your concerned. Good Luck!


DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,496)
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2/25/13 4:32 P

Sodium won't keep you from losing fat, but water retention can mask fat loss by causing you to hold on to water weight. Too much sodium is hard on your heart, too!

I definitely see upward shifts in my weight when I overdose on sodium. I don't do salt, but I get my sodium from prepackaged foods and restaurants. And when I do too much, I feel fat-faced, bloated, and icky for DAYS.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,036
2/25/13 3:40 P

from a purely weightloss standard sodium doesn't really matter unless you have little to lose. from a health standpoint sodium matters. if both are important to you, then you do need to pay attention to both, especially if you find that most of the foods that you choose have high sodium.

SWEDIEPIE Posts: 338
2/25/13 3:27 P

I also limit sodium- it reduces the bloating around my waist. I eat clean, so that drastically reduces it. If I really want something I'll search for a recipe to make my own version and limit the sodium that way.

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,929
2/25/13 2:16 P

A lot of packaged, processed, foods have a lot of added sodium and it's easy to get more than the recommended limit of sodium if you eat a significant amount of these foods. I try to limit these foods (and cook more at home) so that I can control how much sodium I'm getting in my diet.

RUBYREDSTAR19 Posts: 2,182
2/25/13 1:25 P

everything in moderation

LUCKYNUMBER23 SparkPoints: (12,368)
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2/25/13 1:21 P

I added sodium to my food tracker. I thought I would be over but I"m not. I eat a frozen dinner for lunch, but other than that I don't eat any process food or user salt.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
2/25/13 1:12 P

A lot of packaged/processed/"fast" food has crazy amounts of sodium... typically to make otherwise low-quality food "taste good." Anything can be made to "taste good" with the addition of sufficient salt, sugar and fat.

Too much sodium is not good for general health anyways, so it pays off to be mindful about how much you are consuming.

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (158,474)
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2/25/13 12:57 P

I limit sodium to 1500-2000 per day!

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (31,282)
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2/25/13 12:36 P

Sodium doesn't prevent weight loss, and you can lose weight while taking in crazy-high amounts of sodium. HOWEVER, sodium also causes water retention, which means you'll be carrying around excess water-weight, and it can play a role in high blood pressure, which is dangerous. Overall, eating more sodium than recommended on a daily basis can cause health problems, and it will certainly make it difficult to have a lean, fit body. Your sodium intake doesn't need to be zero, but keeping it under the 2000mg per day that Spark recommends is the healthiest thing for you.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,100
2/25/13 12:19 P

I don't use salt in the table salt variety. i don't consume processed foods. I don't buy them because not only salt, but GMO's and other additives and preservatives that i don't want in my body.
I do add addtional salt every now and then but use Pink Himalayan salt or Sea salt. Though still salt, it is not processed the same way.


PATRICIAANN74 Posts: 78
2/25/13 12:14 P

I agree with you. I limit processed foods and try to eat as clean as possible. This way I can control how much sodium I'm taking in.

JACQUM01 SparkPoints: (1,488)
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2/25/13 12:01 P

Whenever i read the back of labels i keep finding low calorie foods with a high sodium content. My mom told me that she lost weight only counting calories and never worried about sodium. I just find it hard to believe that even if a food has low calories that i should be eating foods with high sodium.

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