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Easy Ways to Cut Sodium Intake
Lower Your Disease Risk by Reducing Your Salt Intake
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."
I do not cook with salt, or even put salt on the table. My husband has High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol. This way he is not tempted and it is not good for any of us to eat. Even my granddaughters will not eat it, and they are 19, and 18. I have done this for many years now. It stays in the cupboard so that if someone is here for a meal and they need the salt, it is available.
My sodium levels were unknowingly through the roof! I was adding seasoning salt, Adobe seasoning, garlic salt, and Accent to EVERYTHING! Also, I was one to buy "Low Fat" items not realizing that the sodium levels doubled! I'd rather take the fat, thank you very much! This has been a wake up call to me ever since I began tracking my food. I will start using herbs and spices from now on...and making some items that I would normally purchase ready-made (like spaghetti sauce). Thanks for the great article.
Even though I know about sodium and need to stay around 2000 daily (dr.,s order), I really enjoyed reading your article. It brought back a lot of forgotten information and gave me tips to turn into habit. High blood pressure is the "silent killer", but hidden sodium is guilty of "aiding and abetting"!
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