1. Our bodies need sodium to help maintain water and mineral balances and blood volume.
- I didn't know this - I thought all sodium was bad.
2. While most of us get enough sodium each day to meet our bodies' needs (about 1,500 milligrams), the average person consumes way too much! Experts recommend that adults consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily—that's about 1 teaspoon of salt.
- I was one of the people who consumed WAY too much before I started eating less processed foods)
3. Sodium cutting tip: Introduce additional flavor to your foods with herbs and spices like garlic, oregano, basil, pepper, thyme and sesame. These all add flavor without the extra sodium. If a recipe calls for salt, cut the amount called for in half and taste it before adding more.
- I LOVE garlic, so I'm totally going to try it out.
4. Remember that "low-fat" or "low-calorie" doesn't mean healthy. These diet foods can also be higher in sodium because manufacturers hope that added sodium, a flavor-enhancer, will bring back the flavor that is missing since fat and other higher-calorie ingredients are removed. This is especially true for frozen dinners, which are often loaded with extra salt.
- Eeeeew! Tricky bastards!
5. Some common salty foods that totally shocked me:
- Baking Soda - 1 tsp has 1,259 mg of Sodium
- Dill Pickle - 1 medium - 902 mg sodium
- Frozen Chicken Pot Pie - 1 serving - 857 mg (How in the world does baking soda have more sodium than this????)
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese - 1 cup - 702 mg (damn!)