Originally Posted by Red Gate Farm
Losing weight. Let's do a basic look at sodium. We're supposed to reduce our sodium intake. But why? How much DO we eat? Do we know where it comes from?
Your body needs only 500 mg of sodium per day to function under normal circumstances. If between age 9 - 50, best not to go over 1,500 mg daily.
Ok, we have a base. Now look at what you eat daily and write down your sodium intake and you might be surprised. More than three-quarters of the sodium people consume comes from processed foods. Remember, not all sodium content is listed as "sodium." You're also getting sodium from ingredients such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), baking soda, sodium sulfite, sodium nitrate or soy sauce, so be sure to calculate that as well.
Let's take a "natural" food, 100 grams of cheese (as one example).
Mozzarella 751.9 mg.
Processed slice (regular) 1662.5.mg
Processed slice (light and fat-free) 1490.9.mg
Cheddar (medium) 706.7 mg
Wow, did you see one was labelled "light" and "fat-free"? You're over with just 100 grams of ONE food item.
Read the labels, calculate what you put into your body. Eat better, feel better and lose weight
In some areas though you have to think of the other things in the foods. For example, cheeses are high in protein. 36 Cheeses Highest in Protein
The idea is to limit the intake of sodium or reduce it but not necessarily avoid it as foods that may contain high sodium levels are not necessarily "bad" foods. Granted, some health conditions such as hypertension would need more of a sodium intake restriction.
I admit I tend to use garlic in place of salt (not garlic salt but regular garlic powder or fresh garlic). I have also started using more pepper...gourmet, pepper mill style.