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Easy Ways to Cut Sodium Intake

Lower Your Disease Risk by Reducing Your Salt Intake

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  • 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 7:28:59 PM
  • LEARNINGTOLUVME
    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. - 6/11/2009 12:24:20 AM
  • 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 :) - 4/27/2009 4:30:38 PM
  • I was shocked. I never new sodium was already in foods like that. Another shocker is fat, but that is another story - 4/22/2009 1:23:11 PM
  • I include sodium in my nutrient tracking. After months of tracking, I find that carbs and sodium are the two things that are most difficult to keep in check. - 3/4/2009 8:27:49 AM
  • 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. - 2/20/2009 10:20:32 AM
  • BLUESKIESAHEAD
    Wow I didn't know baking soda would be topping the list!

    You learn something new every day. :) - 2/1/2009 8:44:58 PM
  • 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. - 1/5/2009 9:33:33 PM
  • FISHIN.CHICKEE
    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...

    Thanks for the article! - 9/12/2008 1:26:17 PM
  • This is why I log my sodium on my tracker, to keep me in check and learn more about the days when I do better then others regarding sodium.. GREAT Article. - 9/12/2008 8:30:14 AM
  • ANOMALICA
    This is a great article. I am trying to lower my sodium intake, and seeing something like this made me realize how much sodium is hidden in the smallest things you wouldn't even think of! - 8/26/2008 8:37:08 AM
  • Wow! on the level of sodium in Baking Soda. I did not know that! Luckily, the canned broth that I use now offers lower sodium options. It's there but you have to look for it and be educated. - 8/22/2008 12:25:13 PM
  • Great article. - 7/14/2008 3:43:48 AM
  • 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. - 5/9/2008 11:28:56 AM
  • 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. - 5/9/2008 10:30:57 AM

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