How Much Sodium Do You Need?


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According to the FDA, the recommended daily says that we need less than 1 teaspoon of sodium per day. If you are like most Americans, then you should not be surprised to find yourself in the group that consumes too much salt. That is you and about 90 percent of other Americans. Most of us tip the scale at 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day which is 1,000 milligrams more than the 2,300 that is recommended by the people at the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Where does it all come from?

Most of the extra salt comes from foods that we buy. Some people, however, add salt to foods prepared at home. According to the Campbell's Soup company, a single can of condensed Chicken Noodle Soup has 890 per container where serving sizes are 1/2 cup. In Top Ramen Noodle soup, a 43 gram serving, according to the USDA, has 875 milligrams of salt. According to Pepsi, Diet Mountain Dew has 50 milligrams of sodium per 12-ounce can and regular Mountain Dew has 60 milligrams of sodium per 12-ounce can. In the sodium comparison chart, found on Pepsi's website they compare a regular 12-ounce can of Pepsi, which has 30 milligrams of sodium to a single slice of wheat bread which they say has 148 milligrams of sodium per slice.

What this data shows us is that prepared and manufactured food are loaded with salt, especially if you consider that one cup of Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup has 1,780 milligrams of salt. If that is your diet and you wish to stay under the recommended daily allowance for sodium, you can have one cup of Chicken Noodle Soup, Two slices of wheat bread, and 1 ounce of pretzels would be all the food you could eat in a day. Pretzels have 385 milligrams of sodium per ounce. Evan at that amount your sodium intake would be 2,461 milligrams and over the recommended amount of sodium per day.

What If There Is Another Way?

What if we just derailed our fast-track to hypertension? Dietary salt is one of the contributing factors for hypertension. What if we just said no to packaged foods? What if we took our own health into our own hands and said, "enough is enough?" Well, you can. Over at the Metabolic Research Center, the focus is on healthy eating. That is foods that taste good without all of the excess sugar, fat, and sodium. Stop by and check out their library of healthy recipes. The life you save by making the switch to healthy eating may be your own.

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