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CAN ANYONE HELP. I HAVE NOT ADDED SALT TO ANYTHING IN A MONTH. I USE MRS. DASH ORIGINAL BLEND. BUT EVERY NIGHT WHEN I RUN THE REPORT OF MY FOOD TRACKER MY SODIUM NUMBER IS UP THERE REALLY HIGH OR OVER WHAT I AM SUPPOSE TO HAVE. !!!!!!

- Submitted by MARLADIA 4/26/2010 in Everything Else | 7 Comments
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JFDOHERTY 4/26/2010 9:42:00 PM

    Are you following the recipe and food suggestions provided by SparkPeople? Most of them are low in sodium. I found that when I 'got lazy' and ate a can of Progresso or Campbell's soup that was supposed to be low sodium or low calories, my sodium would spike also. I had to make myself cook more often and follow their recipes. I have high blood pressure and need to restrict my salt intake also. When I cheat and eat prepared or packaged foods my sodium goes up too. Hope this helps. emoticon
BQMOTHER1 4/30/2010 1:10:00 PM

    After my earlier remarks re: cooking at home and not buying processed foods I did some interesting research. All meats and animal products, including milk, naturally contain sodium without any processing at all. Sea foods have the highest. I haven't yet found actual numbers, but talk about hidden sodium!


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According to a couple of online sources, naturally occurring sodium from meats, poultry, fish, and even some vegetables, makes up about 1/3 of our daily intake of sodium.
BQMOTHER1 4/30/2010 9:58:00 AM

    I don't buy any prepared foods that I can avoid. This means I bake my own bread, cook all my meals from fresh vegetables, meats and fruits. Eat a lot of vegs and fruits raw. I also make my own yogurt and kefir with skim milk. I do most of my baking and some of my cooking in binges, then freeze individual portions in sandwich bags (several bagged portions in a one-gallon freezer bag for extra protection.) Then, when I don't feel like cooking, I can take out my frozen meals and reheat.
BZWEIER 4/27/2010 6:56:00 AM

    I agree with everyone here. Read your labels. The sodium is hiding.
ISHAW2000 4/26/2010 10:49:00 PM

    When I first start using the tracker, I noticed the same thing.
Sinced I never add sodium to my food,this made me take a closer look at the foods I normally ate. To my surprise, my salad dressing sprays, dlei meats and canned vegetables were causing my my high sodium count. So I began making my own dressing and now eat only fresh vegetables and cut back on deli products.
DIANE7786 4/26/2010 10:32:00 PM

    I also learned it takes more than not adding salt to bring sodium levels to the recommended amount. I was surprised that two slice of the bread I buy has 240 mgs sodium. Cottage cheese (2%), the old dieters standby, has 459 mgs for 1/2 cup. It challenged me to keep my intake down. My food isn't bland because I use a lot of herbs and spices. It's one more thing to add to our list of things to keep us healthy.
CALIDREAMER76 4/26/2010 10:12:00 PM

    Take a look at how much your cooking contains processed foods. The more natural state you go the lower your sodium. Remember some things naturally have sodium, but try and stay away from canned veggies, frozen meals - they may be low in fat and calories, but tend to be high in sodium. The progresso soup got me this winter. When I figured it out, it was after I had bought about 15 cans - there was a REALLY good sale. The Food bank made out well. Hopefully I didn't contribute to someone's heart attack.
Hope this is helpful for you.

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