How much salt?

How much salt is recommended in our diet?

The major health organizations recommend that we cut back on sodium:

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): 2300 mg.
  • American Heart Association (AHA): 1500 mg (2).
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND): 1500 to 2300 mg.
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA): 1500 to 2300 mg.

Most people today are eating much more than that. The average intake of sodium is about 3400 mg, most of it coming from processed foods.

1500 mg is about 3/4 teaspoon.

Cut the salt from your diet. Eating more sodium causes your body to retain water, which can cause you to feel bloated and gain more weight. The good news is that you’ll sweat that weight out very quickly, so an easy way of cutting some pounds is to eat less sodium in your diet.

  • Instead of salt, try spicing your meals with chili flakes, fresh salsa, or cajun spices and seasonings.
  • Lots of people claim that unsalted foods will taste much saltier eventually, if you cut it out for a while and let your taste-buds reacclimatize.

via: How to Lose Weight

How much salt is in the soups you buy?

It varies but here are a couple of examples:

  • 1 cup of chicken noodle soup: 1780 mg sodium
  • 1 cup of vegetable beef soup: 860 mg sodium
  • 1 cup of tomato soup: 750 mg sodium

The sodium in a single cup of chicken noodle soup is more than roughly half of the U.S. population should consume in a single day. That’s crazy. But many soups are like that, even the ones with reduced sodium. Yes, I’m serious. A cup of reduced-sodium cream of mushroom soup still packs a whopping 1300 mg of sodium, while a cup of reduced-sodium chicken noodle soup contains 1320 mg of sodium.

The answer to reducing the sodium in a bowl of soup is to make that soup at home.

It’s easier than you think. Here is a link to a free bean book http://rsmediagrp.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/bean-recipes.pdf

Enjoy and be healthy!

 


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