So, what exactly did the doctor say? Seems our society, Americans that is, gets 2-3 times the daily requirement of sodium. It’s a problem the doctor has been seeing for a number of years. He told my husband, no bacon, no pickles, no fast food, no restaurants, no adding salt to foods, buy no salt/low salt.
“The recommendation for sodium intake is less than 2,300 mg/day for adults. This equals about one teaspoon of table salt. Most people consume far too much sodium through processed foods and table salt, therefore, this recommendation is set at an upper limit. Special populations including those diagnosed with high blood pressure or at risk for high blood pressure should limit sodium consumption to 1,500 mg/day. The minimum requirement of sodium for normal body function is about 500 mg/day.”
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/4734-need-recommended-daily-sodium-intake/#ixzz204fM9QRC
See that? 1 measly teaspoon of salt is 2300mg. Holy Skamolly!!!!
I’ve been reading the nutritional labeling for a few years because I’ve been counting calories, watching for sugar intake, and cholesterol. I hadn’t particularly been looking at sodium, though I knew processed/packaged foods were laden with sodium. Until I started looking at the canned and packaged products in my pantry and refrigerator, I had no idea how much.
For instance, did you know….
Bacon has 330 mg of sodium in just 2 slices.
Canned vegetables have 400 mg in a 1/2 cup serving
Beef brats have 630 mg (25% of daily) and the serving is 1 link
Ketchup 160 mg for 1/2 T
Bread (including whole grain) 120-150 mg per 1 slice
Peanut butter 140 mg per 2 T
Taco Bell bean burrito, 980 mg
Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, 950 mg (thought it was healthy, didn’t ya)
Restaurants aren’t any better.
Getting the picture? Its hidden everywhere and not entirely necessary.
Out, out, out, sodium. Everything in the pantry and refrigerator, seasonings, packaged/canned/jarred and processed meats, out it went. Not the trash; we don’t waste. Went to a new home to people who didn’t need to worry about it.
By now we are so bummed out and hungry…… the adventure continues.