Thursday, December 08, 2011
Too Many Grains of Salt
Salt in my diet is something that I use to never worry about. Of course I never worried about sugar and fat either, hence why I'm dealing with weight problems now. I've become more aware of how much sodium I use every day primarily because of my wife. She has a tendency toward high blood pressure and is able to manage it by watching her sodium intake like a hawk. Since my wife is the primary cook and grocery shopper in my house, that means I get to be on a low sodium diet with her....which is fine with me. My taste buds have now adapted to where I can't really tolerate any dishes loaded with salt, which leaves out many restaurants and all fast food joints. I've learned to use other seasonings (Mrs. Dash is great stuff) and we don't even have a salt shaker in our house. You would think that just not adding salt to food would be enough...but nooooooo.
Trouble is, there is salt in EVERYTHING! Not just a little either. The recommended daily limit for sodium is 2300 mg. or about a teaspoon of salt. I've been tracking my sodium intake for the last few days and have discovered that I'm eating about twice that amount. I get a lot of it through eating cheese, which I'm very fond of, and anything else that is even slightly processed. I'm not sure how to lower my sodium intake other than to eat more vegetables and fruit....especially for snacks. Somewhat difficult since the employee break room at work was recently outfitted with a super deluxe popcorn machine.
I wonder what popcorn tastes like with Mrs. Dash sprinkled on?