Lowering sodium is often a challenge for us, even though we're vegans who cook most of our food from scratch. We've started doing that with beans as well, recently, and as much as possible, with tomatoes. But even with these efforts, some days sodium is higher than we'd like. We are finding that it's also a matter of balancing menu choices from day to day - rather than scheduling a moderately high sodium dish with another on the same day, we need to move things around a bit if necessary. We are also interested in trying a variety of salt replacement products and I'd love to see some simple spice mixtures in SP we can use.
this was very eye-opening i did not salt anything for years after retaining water in pregnacys put sodium on food tracker and was way over limit daily shocked to find where salt is hidden i have learned more from spark people in a few months than i did from doctors great articule
Great article! I do not add salt to foods, however by tracking my food I have discovered my sodium intake is very high. My BP was in a dangerous zone 21/2 weeks ago. Under my physicians care & by not eating any prepared food - including condiments, my pressure has come down from 190/115 to 127/85. I lost 11 lbs in 9 days! I was retaining fluid which was causing the high BP, headaches & weight gain. Am example of what I discovered: Hummus from the store has 800mg/ 2Tbs & made from scratch is practically sodium free! I am even making my salsa from scratch. I do not need to go on high BP meds but am now sodium sensitive so I will be following a low sodium diet. Thanks for the article & info.
WOW !!!!! So mutch Salt in foods what a eye opener, No wander my Blood Pressure is High Never dream that there is so mutch salt in foods. Trying real hard to get the sailt out of my Diet. Thank you for the article.
good info...forget how some of the little bits of sodium add up to be big!
3/4/2010 7:47:08 PM
It is good to know how it lurks in everything. I went to panara today and chose the low calorie sandwich and low salt. It is nice that most restaurants have that info on line. I too have lost more weight since I really track it.
This was a great article. I copied & pasted the suggestions and chart to Word so I can print and put on my refrig. I use the nutrition tracker daily to check on my intake and it has helped me. I have already removed the salt shaker and I'm currently cooking more items from scratch. These guidelines make it even easier to get the sodium level decrease.
I just became a member on December 28 and every day since I have been tracking my diet, my sodium level has been extremely high. It probably has been all along, I just didn't realize it. So, this article has been very helpful and hopefully these tips will do the trick in curing my problem. Hopefully it will help fellow Sparkers out there as well!!!!!!! needtoloose99
Really interesting article. I really need to cut back also. um, now to go to my nutrition tracker & figure out how you all are tracking salt also.
6/11/2009 12:24:20 AM
I have sodium on my tracker I struggled for a long time. I no longer add salt when I'm cooking. I'm am going to try Mrs Dash to see if that will give me some alternatives to just going plain. I've noticed a increase in my weight loss now that I have really cracked down on my sodium intake. I'll take bland versus the salt if it means the weights coming off.
I have been struggling with keeping my sodium in check for a while now. I track it with all my other nutrients. I stay in my ranges for everything at least 5-6 days a week, but I find I only stay in my sodium range at best 3 days a week. Most days I only go over by 100mg or so, but some days I'm skyrocketed into the 3,000mg range. I am so proud when I can stay under 2,000 mg :) I just have to keep trying because I do NOT want to develop high blood pressure. Last time it was checked I was in the danger zone for pre-hypertension. I'm hoping to correct that with these few months of being more aware, and developing better sodium habits. Wish me luck :)
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