By P. Mehta, RD/ www.healthfulfilling.com
Is your salt shaker your sidekick at meals? Do you like to sprinkle or pour salt over your food to give it an extra zing? If you are a salt addict and know that it’s time to part with your salt shaker, that’s definitely a step in the right direction. But that won’t make you a member of the “within the recommendations of daily salt/sodium,” club.
The newly released 2010 Dietary Guidelines are advising that Americans should not consume more than 2300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day. The American Heart Association recommends that sodium intake should be under 1500 mg per day. Depending on how much salt you add to your food and the sodium content of foods you eat, that number could resonate the thought, “not going to happen.”
Every food consumed has sodium, so it’s a good idea to start checking the amounts on the Nutrition Facts label of the products you eat. Keeping sodium intake within recommended levels helps you get a chance to prevent high blood pressure. High blood pressure is unfortunately a risk factor to many other diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. For more information on lowering your salt and sodium intake, check out:
Keep making healthy changes, it can lead to a fulfilling life!