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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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MONKEEANDTHEBEE 4/27/2011 9:44AM

    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

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KRISTINKP 4/26/2011 10:19PM

    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!

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PLEEBLES 4/26/2011 10:16PM

    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.

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GRATEFULBOB 4/26/2011 9:57PM

    it is amazing all of the salt in foods thats why we dont use salt in our house

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