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Day 118 - Salt Intake is too High?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ever since I plugged in my own nutritional values for the foods I consumed, I feel I am getting a very true representation of my nutrition.

In the past, I can never get my fiber intake up to the appropriate levels but apparently I am getting enough! Yay! Protein went up slightly but I am still showing lower than the normal ranges.

I am now tracking my cholesterol levels and I am in the healthy zone! Yay me!

What concerns me is my salt levels! I am consistently higher than what is recommended. Boo! I NEVER add salt to my foods. It seems I may have to look at every food I manually inputted and make sure I did not add an extra number!

I find it hard to believe that eating mostly fruits, salads, cereals, and dairy products could equate to over 2,000 mg of sodium! I do know that sodium naturally occurs in plant products (fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc) and I am aware that processed foods such as cheese and deli meat are high in sodium. I usually have 1 slice of cheese and an ounce of deli meat. I dice them up in my salads.

So, how do I reduce my salt or sodium intake??? It almost seems impossible to go on a low sodium diet. Sigh...........

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    It is shocking to see how much sodium our food contains.
    I have to read the labels of everything. I find it is the processed food that is high.
    I am shocked when I read the label of most canned veggies. I try to eat whole/ fresh veggies to avoid the added sodium.
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    1788 days ago
    Way to go on putting in all of your own info! It's such a pain to do, but well worth it to get a "real" handle on what you're eating!

    Has your doctor told you to go on to a low sodium diet due to high blood pressure? If not, then 2000-2500mg of sodium per day is perfectly fine (and can actually be a good thing --- it helps prevent dehydration and can help prevent issues with low blood pressure).

    If you do need to drop it further, then you might want to have a look at the sodium content of packaged cereals, cottage cheese, and salad dressings. I've seen some brands where the sodium level is seriously through the roof, and they seem to be even higher on the reduced-fat or no-fat versions.

    Good luck in figuring out what your "culprit" is!

    1788 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/27/2013 10:12:59 PM
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