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Easy Ways to Cut Sodium Intake

Improve Your Health by Reducing Your Salt Intake

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  • BAMAJAM
    One can easily find "lightly salted" nuts--however, why can't we find the light or no salt snacks like chips and pretzels?! I used to find "no salt added" pretzels at a Winn Dixie store. This store closed, and now I cannot find this product. I happen to dislike the taste of the highly salted chips and pretzels, not even considering the health aspect. All the salted potato chips, nacho chips, pretzels, are waaay over salted for my liking. How I wish there were "light salt" varieties. Please, food companies, hear this request!!!! - 12/30/2011 1:15:06 PM
  • Because I'm a diabetic, I have to CLOSELY MONITOR my sodium intake. And although I DON'T add salt to any of the foods I eat, EVERYTHING (even non-fat milk) has sodium. I'm supposed to allow myself 2,400 milligrams of sodium a day. It's very seldom, I am UNDER that number. - 8/18/2011 11:14:16 AM
  • I have read that MOST (not all) people get only about 13 to 15 percent of their daily sodium from salt added at the table. The rest of it is from the foods we eat.... I never learned to cook with salt so find foods cooked that way tastes way too salty to me. - 8/18/2011 8:50:43 AM
  • MISSYSMOM1950
    If a recipe calls for salt, I leave it out. - 8/18/2011 7:05:13 AM
  • Reducing salt intake is probably the hardest thing you will attempt.. everything you purchase is loaded with it.."reduced salt" just means there only 2x times the amount you need instead of 4x..
    Cooking everything from fresh is the only real way.. and most of us don't have all day to stay in the kitchen... - 3/9/2011 10:37:58 AM
  • I have lowered my sodium by not buying anything with more than 10% Sodium.
    I make a lot of my own sauces to get them lower in sodium than store brought.
    I struggle with spaghetti sauce. It still ends up being around 16% sodium,
    but much better than the average 28%. As for soup stocks, there are some organic ones that are low sodium from Trader Joe's & Pacific.
    I found a tomato juice that is low in sodium from Whole Foods called RW Knudsen Very Veggie. It has 610 mg of Potassium.

    My problem is getting in my potassium & protein in everyday without going over on my vitamin A. It is like a puzzle trying to get everything right...
    - 2/27/2011 11:52:16 PM
  • I know a lot of lower calorie recipes call for chicken broth or stock. The calories are great, but the sodium is through the roof. Any suggestions on how to make it healthier and still use broth? - 1/21/2011 1:13:13 PM
  • Sodium...... Is hard to bring down.... calories are easy - 1/19/2011 6:56:14 PM
  • Working on calories is easy. Working on nutrients gets hard. Try keeping sodium down and potassium up. - 8/19/2010 5:53:57 PM
  • MARTHAWILL
    I too was often shocked in the nutrition tracker at the amount of sodium I was consuming some days, even though I never add salt to anything . I have b/p issues and am now scrutinizing labels carefully for sodium, as well as calories and fat grams. - 8/8/2010 8:53:59 AM
  • 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. - 6/29/2010 10:18:35 PM
  • 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. - 6/29/2010 10:18:13 PM
  • Great info, we never count on sodium. I have seen lot of difference in my body when I have cut down the sodium intake. It really helps even to lose the weight. - 4/20/2010 1:29:40 AM
  • 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 - 3/28/2010 11:54:02 PM
  • 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. - 3/20/2010 8:13:30 AM

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