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Scrutinize The Salt

The nation’s top health experts say Americans consume way more salt than they should, and are pushing to get the message across with the release of new studies and new advertising campaigns. Our practice has been a part of this effort for many, many years, and offers a low-sodium diet that is low in calories and within the limits of sodium intake recommended.

Two-point-three million people died from eating too much salt in 2010. A March 2013 American Heart Association report found that represents about 15 percent of deaths worldwide and about one in every 10 deaths in the U.S.

“High sodium intake is one of the major preventable causes of death and disability in our society,” says Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden.

According to the Center for Disease Control, DC, 90 percent of Americans eat too much sodium, consuming on average more than 3,400 milligrams a day. Less than 1500 milligrams is recommended. So if you’re one of those people who reach for the saltshaker to salt your food without tasting it first, or lean toward salty snacks like potato chips, movie theatre popcorn and salted nuts, you are not alone.

“About 80 percent of all the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. So even if you really try hard it’s hard to get down below 1,500 which is what most people actually should be consuming,” says Dr. Frieden of the CDC.

Even foods we think of as low in calories and fat can be laden with excess salt, such as canned soup, tomato juice and club soda, so it’s important to be aware of the sodium content in all of your food choices and restrict the ones that are excessively high.

Information on sodium is an important part of our nutrition education phase in our weight loss/ wellness practice. We encourage the diet of the whole family be modified as to sodium intake, as we are also concerned with the high level of sodium being consumed by most children as well as adults. Some of the top sources of sodium are from seemingly harmless foods, which are often staples for American kids, such as breads, cold cuts, pizza, cheese and cereal.

To address this, we’ve created a low sodium diet that is easy to apply to nearly everyone’s lifestyle —whether you are trying to lose weight or just want to improve your overall health. Ask our office for more information about customizing a plan for you and your household.

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