And another healthy food loaded with salt...cottage cheese!!
Most store brands are 400+ mg per 1/2c serving!! Read the labels for a lower content.... patti
12/6/2013 11:13:08 AM
Another thing to consider when trying to limit sodium is to monitor the seasonings that you are using. If they come in a package, it's always best to check. My boyfriend doesn't add salt to his food at the table nor do I cook with a lot of salt, but his favorite thing to add to his food for extra flavor is lemon pepper (about 20% of the daily recommendation of sodium per serving). Granted, most people aren't adding a Tablespoon of lemon pepper to their meal, but if you use it multiple times a day it adds a lot of sodium to your diet.
I agree, reading labels on packaged food products is one way to cut sodium intake. I do not purchase processed deli meats unless sodium is less than 8%. Most food products I purchase are 5% sodium or less. There are many low salt food products out there: Unsalted tops premium crackers (Nabisco, Stop Shop) Low salt ketchup (Heinz), no salt added tomato sauce (add herbs flavor) Soy (Veggie brand) are usually low in salt Special K cereal (Kellogg's) Instant powdered non fat milk Applesauce, peach sauce, blueberry sauce (Mott's Harvest Blends) Smart Balance Omega 3 margarine spread only 4% sodium!
I never really looked at sodium because I was always looking at fat and calories. What an eye opener!!!
5/29/2013 4:08:01 PM
I've really enjoyed reading everyone's comments. Recently I read that another way to cut down on sodium in soups is to add more fresh vegtables. Although I'm not sure how to check if it's true since the sodium is calculated on the base food and not on the total foods eaten. I'm still going to give it a try.
I don't have table salt on my table but some of my favorite foods have high sodium content. I love sauerkraut, dill pickles, ketchup, white bread and Italian dressing. If I eat all these in 1 day, I ' ll be in big trouble.
My doctor wants me to keep my sodium to 1,500/day. I always read labels and it still shocks me how much salt is in canned foods (soup, etc....) It really helps to prepare your own food because then you're in control of what goes in it.
If a recipe calls for vegetable bouillon, I use "Rapunzel vegetable bouillon, no salt added". http://www.iherb.com/Rapunzel-Vegan-Vege table-Bouillon-No-Salt-Added-8-Cubes-2 -4-oz-68-g/30385
This is a good article! I found the best way to eliminate excess salt or to completely control your salt intake is to stop using prepared foods period. We at our house cook from scratch, fresh veggies, fresh fruits, unprocessed meats right on down the line. We eat no prepared grain products like pastas, noodles, etc and very limited whole grain only breads. Cooking this way eliminates or at least controls all the salt you put in your diet. We only use unprocessed sea salts (not the processed so called sea salts but the mined ones). We home can some veggies and fruits but we know just how much salt is in a quart of green beans or a oint of applesauce. Some do not have or take the time to prepare meals like this but it is well worth your efforts to find the time! My B/P dropped for 165/110 to 100/60 over the past year we have been doing this. The high reading was with me on B/P meds and the low one is without any medication for B/P.
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