I eliminate baking soda from my desserts. They come out fine. I do not add salt to anything I am cooking, but after looking at this article there are more ways I can cut salt out of my diet. I read all labels on cans now, where I never did in the past. Thank you for this article, it is very helpful.
2/1/2009 8:44:58 PM
Wow I didn't know baking soda would be topping the list!
I never salt my foods, but when I started tracking my sodium on myNutrition page I was APPALLED to see I was consuming 4000-6000 mg a day...sometimes even above 6000 mg! Yikes!!! I will be cutting back for sure, as my BP is in the high-normal range.
9/12/2008 1:26:17 PM
Great article! I think that society has made us focus on "low fat" or "low carb" so much that we have forgotten to keep our sodium intake in check (or at least to be cognizant about adding salt). I (being one of the we's of forgetting) will eat a load of processed foods and then wonder why I am thirsty. I know it's a DUH moment...but...
Maybe I didn't have enough time when looking on the supermarket shelf for no-sodium shaker-seasonings, but the ONLY ones I found up until yesterday were all Mrs. Dash. I have all of the Mrs. Dash, and they are good on everything. Yesterday, I was happy to find McCormick Salt Free Lemon & Pepper, which is also good. Like several others who commented, I have gradually convinced hubby to try the no-salt seasonings. I also do not cook with salt. Another thing that I do not do is use the drippings from defrosted, roasted turkey breasts. That liquid can be chilled and defatted, but there is no way to get the large amound of sodium out of it, in my experience.
DH LOVES salt and salty foods, I do not. However, we were enjoying a chicken breast rolled around swiss cheese the other night for dinner, and when I looked up the calories it wasn't too, too bad, and the protein was very good, BUT the sodium was 34%, I almost croaked, won't be having that particular chicken dish again, LOL.
I am suprised that you didn't mention frozen dinners, many of these meals are very high in sodium to prolong the shelf life. I see many people, especially women eating these to lose weight no realizing the amount of sodium in the meals.
My husband has high blood pressure. It took me a long time to ween him off the salt. I began by eliminating it from the meals I prepare. I'm a big recipe inventor, so I would always ask him to try my original before loading his plate with salt or condiments.. eventually.. I stopped bringing the salt shaker to the table or buying it at all. I also bought him low to no sodium snacks to eat while he's at work.. so he doesn't have to grab whatevers in the vending machine without knowing sodium content. Now, he is actually paying attention to nutrition labels... something I never thought I would get him to do! He's got a very athletic build and his BMI is "perfect" for his height.. so, he was under the impression he could "eat whatever he wants."
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