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Sunday, February 13, 2011

So, I started tracking my sodium intake recently and it's been really high ever since I started tracking it. I'm not sure why it's so high (it exceeds the range by about 300 mg every day). I'm not eating particularly salty foods. Any ideas what foods have "hidden" extra sodium in them? My blood pressure is on the high side as it is so I should really work on lowering my overall intake.
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    Packaged food is a huge culprit, also processed meats. Another thing is to switch to salt-free seasonings like Mrs. Dash or fresh herbs. Those seasoning packets are also full of sodium (like the chili or spaghetti sauce seasoning packets)! Canned foods are also full of salt, as are commercially processed meats (hot dogs, lunch meats, bacon). Soy sauce is also full of sodium...pickles...

    If you check out Spark Recipes, you'll find "recipes" for no-salt seasoning mixes, too -

    I struggle with sodium, too - if it is hard to decrease the intake, increase your water consumption to flush out some of the excess. And don't add any salt to what you cook or what you eat. It will taste funny without the salt, but after a week or so, you will adjust to the flavor and you will become more sensitive to the taste of salt in foods -
    2992 days ago
  • MEG725
    I am in the same boat as you. I recently found out that my blood pressure is high, so I've been trying to limit my sodium intake and boy is it hard! Sodium is in everything! Especially processed foods. I would suggest cutting back on them first. Try eating fresh veggies and fruits instead.

    Good Luck!
    2992 days ago
    It is sooooo hard to keep sodium down! That was one of my main focuses when i went grocery shopping last week, and even with consciously checking labels for sodium content, I found it extremely hard to get sodium into the recommended range. I'm not really sure which items may have "hidden" sodium, but from what I can tell, if it comes packaged, it's full of salt. I've been trying to really increase the amount of fresh foods I'm buying. I read on SP somewhere that it's best to shop the perimeter of the store and avoid the aisles as much as possible, because that's where all of your salty, fatty, processed foods are. It's extremely tricky, and I haven't gotten anywhere near mastering that, but following that advice has helped me to keep my recipes more on cue to my goals.
    2992 days ago
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