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Salt! Can I Handle The New Dietary Guidelines?

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Salt! I never realized how much salt is in food. I decided to check my sodium intake when the surgeon general came out with new dietary guidelines for sodium in our diets. I was already monitoring calories, fat, carbs , protein and fiber as well as calcium and vitamin D. What’s one more.
The guidelines released in February recommend daily sodium intake of less than 2,300 mg and 1,500 mg among persons who are 51 and older and those of any age who are African-American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. The 1,500 mg recommendation applies to about half of the U.S. population, including children, and the majority of adults.
I was already planning to lower my salt intake one-day because most of my older family members suffer from hypertension. I figured its time to get a jump-start on that. I started tracking my salt and realized I wasn’t even meeting the old guidelines (2400 mg) let alone new ones. 1500 is roughly half a tsp a day. Haha I was probably adding that at breakfast and not even counting it.
First ,I put up the salt shaker next to stove and at table. Next I looked at what I was eating. I must admit I have relied on frozen meals for lunch. It’s quick, good variety. Why not? Hit the breaks! I could not believe how much salt is in frozen food and soup.
It’s even in stuff we don’t think of. Breakfast cereal,chocolate milk
The basic take on salt is to read the labels. Just because it a healthy food doesn’t mean it’s low in sodium.Watch out for soups and frozen food. Some of my favorite brands Amy’s and Kashi have high sodium if im trying to keep it at 1500 mg a day. Amy’s has a few low sodium options. The best thing is to start making my food. That leads me to the next topic clean eating. For now I’ll look at the sodium on the label. It’s just as important as the rest!!
Just an update it’s been two weeks. I’ve been pretty good to getting down to about 1900 mg to 2400 mg. 1500 mg is a stretch. I still forget to look at sodium on the label;)

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