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Cut the Salt!

Apr 22, 2013

Our food supply is tainted. Salt is a major contributor to high blood pressure—the silent killer. 9 out of 10 Americans eat too much salt for good health—you should know that 80% of the sodium in our food comes from processed and restaurant foods.

Rx: Aim for eating less processed food and more fresh and whole foods. Most Americans should be eating no more than 1500 mg of sodium per day for heart health—about ¾ of a teaspoon of salt for the entire day! Fortunately, it is possible to “rehab” your taste buds, so with patience, you can undo your tongue’s preference for salt-laden foods.

High Sodium Foods to Watch

  1. Breakfast Cereals
  2. Packaged & Preflavored Rice
  3. Breakfast Pastries
  4. Bread
  5. Frozen Diet Meals
  6. Salad dressings & condiments in general
  7. Deli Meats
  8. Canned veggies

You want to look for a 1:1 (or less!) ratio of sodium to calories, and even if a food fits the bill, double check the rest of the nutritional stats…because it STILL might not be good to consume. When sweets add to daily salt intake, the brain is programmed to want salty, thus creating a vicious cycle. Think about how you might be stuffed after Thanksgiving dinner, yet somehow you manage to find room (and possibly even be hungry again) for desserts. Manufacturers know this and use it against you!

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