You may ask, what’s the big deal about sodium anyway. Sodium and obesity go hand in hand. There are a slew of other health risks associated with sodium – high blood pressure, cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, kidney malfunction, muscle contractions.
Though we do need a certain amount of sodium in our bodies for proper cell functioning, most North American’s are well over the recommended amount of 1200mg, and also over the tolerable limit of 2400mg.
With 81% of foods being processed nowadays – compared to 10% in 1910, we have to be inceasingly aware of the places sodium is hiding. The obvious are fast foods. Processed foods have sodium added to preserve them and in my opinion it is ‘cheap flavoring.’ There are no fresh herbs and spices which are actually good for us. Which is why we can get a burger for $0.99… also has something to say about the quality of meat you are getting – which may be justified as “protein.” In actuality the protein in these fast-foods are either so low quality or so overheated that the our body receives no nutritional value out of it… as a matter of fact it is hard for our system to digest and requires a lot of water and minerals to neutralize the acidic bi-product it leaves behind.
Back to Sodium. Even foods that don’t taste “salty” have a high sodium content. For example – check the sodium on the bread that you eat. What about your morning cereal? That pasta sauce you use, what about the canned soup you resort to?
Becoming educated on the sodium in foods is the goal.
(These are not in any particular order)
- Frozen pizza
- White bread
- Cold cut / Deli meats
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Clamato juice
- Hot Sauce
- Canned Soup
- Dinner rolls
- Flour tortillas