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RAYLINSTEPHENS SparkPoints: (226,336)
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6/3/14 6:57 P

my bad about my comment - I forgot that you have to make your nutrition tracker track the sodium.

it isn't difficult - you just add a nutrient to be tracked.

then the rest of my comment would be right.

On the Nutrition Tracker, at the bottom of the page, click on "Today's Full Report" to see where all the sodium is coming from.

It might be easier than you think to limit high sodium since most of it turns up in processed foods.

Edited by: RAYLINSTEPHENS at: 6/3/2014 (18:57)
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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
6/3/14 8:01 A

Kuner's has No Salt versions of beans, and you can buy No Salt vegetables. Pay attention to chicken. Based on brand you can have 40-340 mg of Na per 4 oz. serving.

Just read the labels.

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6/3/14 12:31 A

Whatever you do, don't bother buying most brands of low-sodium bacon (if you eat bacon). They trick you into thinking it's low-sodium per serving when they've actually sliced the bacon so thin that it barely has any salt in it... and it's a small serving. No good.

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MARAGRAM Posts: 4,842
6/2/14 7:53 P

I checked that and wondered if they thought it was canned black and garbanzo beans that I had instead of my home cooked from dry beans. I found out it was but in the mean time I decided to have something else and just one serving of beans.

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6/2/14 6:35 P

On the Nutrition Tracker, at the bottom of the page, click on "Today's Full Report" to see where all the sodium is coming from.

It might be easier than you think to limit high sodium since most of it turns up in processed foods.



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MARAGRAM Posts: 4,842
6/2/14 4:43 P

Thanks!

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NIRERIN Posts: 12,612
6/2/14 3:47 P

the sparkpeople entries [not user entered] for some beans like pinto are for ready to eat, which means canned. if you are cooking beans from dry, manually enter from the package you are using to get accurate nutrition info.

-google first. ask questions later.

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6/2/14 3:32 P

Thanks!

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6/2/14 12:48 P

Thanks all will check out the link and maybe im inputting the wrong food sometimes

thanks all

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/2/14 12:38 P

Yeah, something is not right with the entry you are using.

I always double check, if not with the label, then I google it, using "nutrition X". X being the food I am looking up.

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LILSPARKGIRL Posts: 2,740
6/2/14 12:29 P

You are probably choosing the wrong entry for black beans. The one I get on Spark says 1.7mg of sodium.

That is for plain black beans - nothing else added.

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MARAGRAM Posts: 4,842
6/2/14 12:19 P

I cook my own dried beans, and my nutrition book does not list the amount of sodium listed on the complete nutrition page on spark people.

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EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/2/14 12:13 P

But is what you are using canned, or dry beans?

Canned beans can add a lot of sodium, as opposed to dry.

Also, double check the label - I say this because if you used a user generated entry..they are notoriously inaccurate.

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MARAGRAM Posts: 4,842
6/2/14 12:07 P

No, I cook my own so I don't add salt.

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EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/2/14 11:38 A

@ Margram - are you using a canned variety that is high in sodium?

I looked up garbanzo beans (chickpeas), and this is what I found: 11.5mg in 1 cup. nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-l
egume-products/4326/2


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MARAGRAM Posts: 4,842
6/2/14 11:18 A

I know how to avoid sodium, but wonder if the tracker assumes all food is salted as cooked. I cook my own beans, but when I add as today, black and garbanzo beans, they are listed as really high in salt.

I can't eat as many calories as the nutrition tracker says I must after my exercise without going over on carbs and salt.

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LILSPARKGIRL Posts: 2,740
6/2/14 11:04 A

Also, there are many "no sodium added" packaged foods. For example, I can get no salt added spaghetti sauce from a jar vs the same brand with sodium.

The hard part is if you go over you can't just drink extra water to "flush it out".

In the UK they have reduced sodium in packaged foods and are continuing to lower it. Here is an interesting summation of the initiative. http://www.sacn.gov.uk/pdfs/sacn_salt_fina
l.pdf

Simple way to think about sodium... Try to avoid products with more than 200 mg of sodium per serving.

Edited by: LILSPARKGIRL at: 6/2/2014 (11:17)
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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 59,006
6/2/14 10:17 A

Here's an article you might also find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=166


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EELPIE Posts: 2,700
6/2/14 10:04 A

Stay away from processed food. That is where you find the majority of "hidden" sodium and salt.

Make most of your own food, and if you cannot do that...read labels in order to make wise choices.

A side for dinner of steamed carrots on which you put on a few sprinkles of salt is negligible when compared to something like a cup of mac and cheese with almost 500mg.

One Smart One frozen dinner of Lemon Herb Chicken Picatta has 540mg of sodium. I can make my own for 200mg (or less).

Make your own as much as possible.

"dont know if it takes in account the 2-4hrs of walking a day if its ok for a little extra " no, the number is 2300 regardless.

If you make it....you control it.

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6/2/14 9:41 A

Just looking for some stuff yall are eating with low sodium. It seems everyday im over on the sodium and im trying to pay attention to this but at the end of the day im always over

dont know if it takes in account the 2-4hrs of walking a day if its ok for a little extra

just kind of looking for ideas work arounds - stuff to totally stay away from

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