Watch Out for Hidden Salt

By: Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services
Sunday, December 3, 2017

We all know we shouldn’t eat too much salt. Overdoing it can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and other heart-related diseases.

The problem is that salt is hidden everywhere, even in foods that you might not suspect, like bread and milk. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. And if you’re over 51, African American, or have high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes, you should limit it to less than 1,500 mg. But according to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the estimated average intake of sodium for Americans is a whopping 3,400 mg per day.

Hidden salt is often the culprit.  A big problem is that salt lurks everywhere, even in foods that you might not suspect, like bread and milk. The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that 75% of the sodium in the average American diet comes from salt added to processed foods, so think twice before you buy those hot dogs and chips.. Here are some of the worst offenders:

1.     Breakfast cereal: You may be surprised to learn that some breakfast cereals can have 300 mg of sodium per one-cup serving. The next time you reach for that box of cereal, check out the nutritional label on the back, or opt for low sodium breakfast such as yogurt with fruit or a homemade smoothie.

2.     Frozen meals: These pre-made, microwaveable meals are loaded with sodium. Some of these dinners can have more than 1,200 mg of sodium each, as well as other unhealthy additives and preservatives.

3.     Canned soup: It’s tempting to turn to canned soup when it’s cold outside, but it can be packed with sodium. Conventional canned soups contain 750 mg of salt per cup, so it’s best to make your own or purchase the lower-sodium varieties.

4.     Deli meats: Processed and cured meats account for 10% of the American food supply. These products are packed with sodium, often in the dangerous form of sodium nitrate, a carcinogenic preservative. Avoid deli meats altogether or look for nitrate-free varieties.

5.     Canned vegetables: Some canned vegetables can carry as much as 500 mg of sodium per serving! It’s best to buy fresh or frozen vegetables, if possible. If you do consume the vanned variety, read the label carefully and choose low-sodium or no-salt-added options.

Steer clear of the salt shaker, too. There are a wide range of tasty herbs and spices that you can use to enhance the flavor of your foods without adding salt. Lemon juice, garlic, pepper, and onion, are all popular options that will make your food delicious without damaging your health.

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

Black History Month: Six Fascinating Facts Everyone Should Know

Black History Month is an important annual celebration of achievements by African Americans. In the United States, Black History Month is observed in February to recognize the innumerable key cont...

During Cold and Flu Season, Follow These Smart Ways to Stay Healthy

When everyone around you is sick, staying healthy can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

Coffin or Casket? Six Considerations to Help you Choose the Right Memorial Product

The choice of a coffin or casket should not be taken lightly. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they have some notable differences. Caskets and coffins both serve as burial contain...

Hosting a Reception after the Funeral? Follow These Six Helpful Guidelines

Hosting a reception after the funeral of a loved one presents an opportunity to demonstrate your enduring affection. The funeral reception gives mourners the chance to support each other, share fo...

Six Proven Ways to Calm Anxiety and Ease Stress

As stress levels rise, so does the need for self-care. Having effective ways to calm anxiety becomes even more essential amid challenging times. We all feel anxious from time to time. That sense o...

Coins on a Headstone Hold Special Meaning. Here’s Why.

Have you ever seen coins on a headstone? Leaving signs of remembrance on graves is a long-held tradition. While flowers are the most common grave decoration, they aren’t the only way to pay tribut...

Four Things You Need to Know If You are a Pallbearer or Honorary Pallbearer

The role of pallbearer or honorary pallbearer is both an honor and a great responsibility. The duties primarily consist of helping to carry or accompany the casket throughout a traditional funeral...

Four Essential Things to Know When a Death Occurs Away from Home or Out of Town

When a death occurs away from home or out of town, knowing what to do can greatly ease the burden for you and your loved ones. Today, people spend significant time away from their homes for vacati...

Honoring Your Loved One: Seven Beautiful, Personalized Tributes Using Cremated Ashes

Cremated ashes take on a new meaning when they are utilized creatively to fashion enduring tributes to loved ones who have passed on. Cremation has become the most popular funeral choice for Ameri...

Military Funerals: Six Creative Ideas for Honoring Your Departed Service Member

Transforming ordinary military funerals into highly personalized, meaningful occasions can be deeply healing. When an active-duty service member or veteran passes away, a meaningful final salute i...