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Sodium in the house

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

So for the sodium challenge I took sampling of my most commonly used foods in the house. And it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, shockingly, but it wasn't great either.

Bread (brownberry health nut) = 170mg/slice
frozen veggies = 85mg/ 2/3 cup serving
light mayo = 125mg/tbsp

Not too shabby right? You know this isn't going to end well...

fancy-schmancy cheddar cheese = 390mg/ 1 oz serving. WTF! Cheese? I eat this stuff like it's going out of style, and definitely eat 2 oz in a sitting usually. Note to self, check cheese wrappers from now on.

Easter ham - 18,000,000,000mg/serving. No, really. Okay, so it wasn't that high, but it was 1020mg/ 3 oz serving. And that's just plain ridiculous. I plan on using the leftover ham for some soup this week, and I will definitely be cutting back on the amount I use in the recipe after that eye opener.

I know it's not so much what's in my house though as what's out of it. I do eat out at lunch occasionally, and I also travel a lot for work and don't have a better choice than eating at some chain restaurants. While I have found ways to make my "eating out" meals healthier, I just looked up the sodium content in some of my fav "healthy" standbys and I was floored.

Spicy garlic and lime grilled shrimp at Chili's? 150 cals and only 8 grams of fat. Sodium? 700mg. Seriously? Relatively speaking, it's probably one of the healthiest things on the menu that's not a salad with no dressing or croutons. What an eye opener!
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    Wow! I never have been concerned with Sodium. I mean, I figure, I watch everything else and I have no issues (yet...I'm only 30) But this HAS been an eye opener. I put sodium on my tracker last week to prepare and just SEE how I did and really, I was around 1,500 a day, which is good...but now that I need to "watch it" I feel like it's out of CONTROL lol! I am so paranoid :P
    2340 days ago
    Salt it the hardest element of all to control! It lurks everywhere. I would love to be able to pop in a Lean Cuisine or some other frozen meal for lunch - they are low cal, low fat, but holy heck they pack a TON of sodium. I read somewhere that a good rule of thumb on items is that sodium should be under 20% of your daily value. So many restaurant meals are more than 100%! Good luck with lowering your sodium - it has been a long road for me, but I now have my daily value (including eating out occasionally) around 1300 mg/day. Sometimes it hits 2,000, but rarely ever over that!
    2341 days ago
    Wow, can't believe that on the Chili's grilled entry. Maybe next time you can ask if you can get it with 'no salt'. I wonder.
    2341 days ago
    it is amazing all of the salt in foods thats why we dont use salt in our house
    2341 days ago
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