It’s much easier fighting against a formidable enemy that you can see. But, what if the enemy is invisible and hiding in your food. That enemy is sodium!
Too much sodium, in your food, can lead to high-blood pressure, which is a leading risk factor for stroke and heart attack. Not to mention that high-blood pressure is known as the “Silent Killer” because of the absence of warning signs.
To bring focus to the high-sodium levels in food, World Salt Awareness Week was recently observed to highlight the importance of reducing sodium in restaurant-prepared and processed foods. This year’s theme was: “Less Salt, Please.”
It can be difficult to control the sodium level of foods prepared in restaurants and fast food places, but, by reading the nutrition labels, you can reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, and make wise buying decisions at the supermarket.
But, how much sodium is too much? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a daily allowance of 2,300 mg, for healthy adults and children, and 1,500 mg for high risk populations: aged 51 and older, African-American, and those with high-blood pressure.
Yet, many of us consume 3,400 mg daily; almost double the recommended amount. If we don’t utilize the nutrition information available to educate ourselves, we could be voluntary putting our health in danger, by consuming too much sodium.
To be on the safe side, try to buy foods which have less than 650 mg of sodium. You’re putting your health at risk by buying foods with sodium levels 1,000 mg and up.
So, take the time to read the nutrition labels to know what you’re putting in your body because you could be voluntarily inviting in an enemy!
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – World Salt Awareness Week