I read the article and looked up the recipes. One in particular was very high in sodium, I put a comment at the end of the article and also put the following comment on the Community Message Boards under Nutrition:
I left the following message at the end of the article "11 Healthy Comfort Foods:"
The Black Bean Chili has 1,258.5 mg of sodium in one serving.
In Canada, the recommended daily consumption is between 1500-2300 (danger level) and if
older, Diabetic, etc. less than 1200 mg. In the US, the recommended daily consumption is less
than 2300 mg or less than 1500 if 54+ years, Black, have high blood pressure, Diabetes or
chronic kidney disease.
I doubt a person would eat only this one item in a day yet it takes up almost all of the
recommended daily intake of sodium and I question it being included as a "healthy" choice.
I took my numbers from the Health Canada website and the Mayo Clinic website. I have a chronic heart condition as well as Type II Diabetes and I have been advised by health professionals that I should have no more than 1200 mg of sodium a day. That is me but there are thousands of SparkPeople members who participate in the heart and the Diabetes forums plus who know how many others with one or both of those conditions who do not participate in the threads. I think this particular recipe should be re-evaluated and taken off the list of "healthy comfort foods."
For those of us trying to lower our salt intake I wouldn't recommend trying the Black Bean Chili recipe highlighted in that article. You can access that article from the Start page under "My Trackers."
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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