Thanks so much for posting these tips. I never have a salt shaker in hand and never add it to anything I cook - never have either. I know my intake has been affected dramatically by the added and hidden sodium in things from the grocery store that come in a bag or a box. Now that I really look for sodium content in packaged, boxed or canned foods the sheer amount of added salt is stunning. Really appreciate that you took the time to add this - it should help everyone.
I'm only a salt addict at certain times, mainly during a week in the month, if you get my meaning. I crave meat, salt, and sweets at those times. I've heard that it's all in my head, but it isn't. My body is really craving those things. Other than I don't crave it too much. I went to a training a few years ago and the lady told us not to add salt to our foods. To instead use herbs and spices and extracts. I don't like think too salty unless I'm wanting some chips. Some times I even think those tortilla chips are too salty. If I have a craving I will let it go for a day or two and if it continues then I will get whatever it is I'm craving and only have sensible amount to take that craving away. If I don't then I find that I'm obsessing about it. That's no fun!
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I didn't grow up with chips and popcorn and such. But my mother cooked with so much salt that my tastebuds would salt food without even tasting it...it was what I was taught. I was officially diagnosed with Hypertension at 23...but I had severe nosebleeds as a child...back in the day when no one recognized it as a childhood problem. These days, I try very hard not to add salt...but it is still tough for me to stay under 1500 mg. We've been brainwashed by the food manufacturers on salt and sugar.
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I am a salt fiend and like it most in the chip variety. Need to really stop buying all the junk. My kids don't need it either. I just feel bad since they are so slim and super active. I feel like I am penalizing them for my lack of WILLPOWER!!!!
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A good thing in moderation but some of us are sensitive to sodium or use way too much. U.S. guidelines call for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day -- about 1 teaspoon of table salt. And half of Americans should drop to 1,500 milligrams a day. Surprisingly, most of our salt intake is hidden in the foods we buy at the grocery store.
Here are some hidden in the foods we buy at the grocery store: Frozen dinners, Ready-to-eat cereals,Vegetable juices, Canned vegetables, Packaged deli meats, Soups,Marinades and flavorings, Spaghetti sauce, Spice blends, Salted nuts, Salty snacks, Pre packaged foods (beware of flavor packets), Condiments like ketchup/relish/capers
Try to avoid products with more than 200 mg of sodium per serving. And check the Nutrition Facts label closely for the serving size — and consider how many servings you actually eat.
TIPS TO CUT BACK on SALT
Virtually all Americans can benefit from reducing the sodium in their diet. Here are more ways you can cut back on sodium:
• Eat more fresh foods.
• Opt for low-sodium products. If you do buy processed foods, choose those that are labeled "low sodium."
• Remove salt from recipes whenever possible. You can leave out the salt in many recipes, including casseroles, stews and other main dishes that you cook. Baked goods are generally an exception since leaving out the salt could affect the quality and taste. Use cookbooks that focus on lowering risks of high blood pressure and heart disease to help guide you to sparing the salt without spoiling taste or quality.
• Limit use of sodium-laden condiments. Soy sauce, salad dressings, sauces, dips, ketchup, mustard and relish all contain sodium.
• Use herbs, spices and other flavorings to enhance foods. Use fresh or dried herbs, spices, zest from citrus fruit, and fruit juices to jazz up your meals. And remember that sea salt has about the same amount of sodium as table salt.
• Use salt substitutes wisely. Some salt substitutes or light salts contain a mixture of table salt and other compounds. To achieve that familiar salty taste, you may use too much of the substitute — and get too much sodium. Also, many salt substitutes contain potassium chloride. Although potassium can lessen some of the problems from excess sodium, too much potassium can be harmful if you have kidney problems or if you're taking medications for congestive heart failure or high blood pressure that cause potassium retention.
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