Posted by: jbiggars63 | October 7, 2011

Sodium, Sodium Everywhere!!

Have you hit a plateau?  Have you gained a few pounds in water this week?  Something to keep an eye out on is sodium!  Processed foods usually are the main culprits when it comes to high sodium counts.  Here is what the FDA says about it;

Q. What is the daily recommended amount of sodium for adults?

A. The amount of salt in a food is listed as “sodium” on the Nutrition Facts label that appears on food packaging. The Dietary Guidelines recommend that the general population consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day (about a teaspoon of table salt). Most food labels shorten the word “milligrams” to “mg.” Dietary recommendations and food labels use sodium rather than salt since it is the sodium component of salt that is most relevant for human health.

Some people are more sensitive to the effects of salt than others. The guidelines also recommend that, in general, individuals with hypertension, blacks, and middle-aged and older adults should limit intake to 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

The exceptions to this guideline are people whose doctors have put them on a diet that requires even less sodium because of a medical condition. Always follow your doctor’s recommendation about how much sodium you can have daily.

It is simply amazing how much sodium you can find in everyday, low carb foods!  For example, I used to eat a bacon ranch grilled chicken salad for lunch…well, it has 700 milligrams of sodium in it!  I would use 2 servings of Oscar Meyer Deli Fresh Mesquite Turkey on a wrap….only 100 calories BUT 880mg of sodium!  Add a slice of cheese…135mg of sodium.  How about a serving of turkey sausage for breakfast?  490mg of sodium!  I love Steamfresh lightly seasoned garlic cauliflower….2 servings is only 80 calories but it has 660mg of sodium.  Even more amazing is Powerade Zero!  I used to drink 4 bottles of that per day….4 servings in each bottle, 110mg of sodium in each serving!  I was getting 1,760mg just from what I was drinking!  Why do we log everything that goes in our mouth?  To catch these kind of things!  Wednesday I logged 4,835 mg of sodium and my water weight went up!  Now, we do need sodium but not that much! 

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