I noted your statement that "it's really almost impossible to stay below 1500mg of sodium and still get the other nutrients you need."
I just wanted to tell you that it's not really impossible, or even all that difficult, depending on your calorie range. I eat between 1400 and 1600 calories per day, get all of my other nutrients, and am almost always under 1500mg of sodium. There are days that I'm actually under 1000mg. The only times that I'm over are when I've eaten at a restaurant, used a canned tomato sauce, or needed soy sauce to add a specific flavour to something. I cook the vast majority of meals at home, love veggies, and tend to play with a lot of spices if I want to add different flavours to foods. I honestly don't even try to go for lower sodium levels - that's just where that number tends to end up based on my food choices.
For me, it's a matter of personal taste and not for any other reason, as I've never developed the taste for salt. It may be pure coincidence, but I'm also the only member of my family who has never been on meds for high blood pressure.
I haven't looked at the actual studies on the relationship between low (1500mg) sodium and blood pressure, so can't comment on whether the conclusions are truly evidence based or not. I just saw your statement and had to differ from my personal experience.
I think that the difficulty in adjusting sodium levels may be more a matter of personal taste than anything else.
Hope you have a great day!
Edited to add:
I did notice in the article that lower sodium can correlate to higher triglycerides --- as I'm the only one in the family with that. Hmmm - thanks to both of you for giving me something to do some research on, as I may have to start developing a taste for more salt!
Edited by: ICEDEMETER at: 5/16/2013 (11:39)
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