I was in a rush yesterday and needed something for lunch – so I dropped into a supermarket and grabbed some deli sliced turkey breast – just plain cooked sliced turkey breast - to go in a salad sandwich. I should point out this was loose turkey breast - so wasn't in a packet thus had no nutritional info - I found out the manufacturer and checked their web site to get the details!!
Great you might think – I used 1 slice bread, lettuce, tomato, grated carrot and 80g (2.8oz) turkey breast
This is the nutritional breakdown of my sandwich
• Calories 167.1
• Total Fat 4.3 g
• Saturated Fat 1.4 g
• Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
• Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
• Cholesterol 0.0 mg
• SODIUM 1,116.2 mg
• Potassium 68.9 mg
• Total Carbohydrate 15.0 g
• Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
• Sugars 10.2 g
• Protein 19.6 g
Look at the sodium – bearing in mind the total maximum recommended for the day is 2,300mg – that turkey breast sure used a hunk of it, I assume in the processing. I wonder how often you get caught without realizing it – and have too much sodium in a day.
Salt – we all eat salt – our body needs a certain amount – but I wonder how many of you realize how much salt (sodium) you are actually eating in a day. I know a lot of you don’t add extra salt at the table these days – but what about the hidden sodium in foods??
You can track your sodium intake in your nutrition tracker by going to the bottom of the tracker and clicking the button “change nutrition goals” under the list of nutrients and the amounts you require there is a button “Add another nutrient to track” This opens a box with a drop down list . Select “sodium” and then click “save”
Sodium will then be added to your tracker down the bottom.
The following articles are useful Sparks references on sodium and why we should not have too much no matter what our age, or health at that time.
Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt, The Danger is Not in the Shaker
Easy Ways to Cut Sodium Intake, Lower Your Disease Risk by Reducing Your Salt Intake