I have been craving salty food all week. This is nothing new – every time my period is due to arrive, I find myself yearning for all sorts of salt-laden food. For the most part, though, I am quite conscious of ingesting too much sodium so I know I am okay in this respect. But am I, really?
According to experts, there are some food items that are packed with sodium and many people are not aware of that. Here’s an example: canned soup, canned sauces, and canned vegetables. It’s soup and sauce and veggies – how bad can it be for your health? How about 2,500 mg of sodium in one cup? That’s crazy, right? Apparently, there is more than that in a mere cup of instant miso soup! The alternative is simple: make your own soup and sauces and buy fresh veggies.
How about deli goodies? Think you’re eating healthy by getting a sandwich downstairs? Maybe. Then again, ham and other processed meats contain immense amounts of sodium. You need to take it easy on these meats. Even processed tuna and other fish may have lots of sodium in them. Again, what’s the alternative? Buy at the grocery and check the packaging for sodium levels or at least don’t make it a habit to eat these goodies a lot.
Love breakfast? That’s great! However, you should be aware that eggs contain sodium; so do pancakes (especially those made with dry mix); and so do cereal. I am not saying do not eat these things, but you should know their levels of sodium so that you can control your salt intake.
Cut back on salt and save your heart.