Hey GIT Girls! Wellness Wednesday: Let’s Pass on the Salt is here!
This week, let’s have a conversation about salt.
Have you ever been around someone who added it to every meal before they even tasted it? Or are you that person?
Many of us are guilty of having way too much sodium in our diets. And this is a primary reason hypertension and unhealthy hearts are on the rise and are cause for major concern.
How Much Salt or Sodium Is Too Much?
According to the American Heart Association, 75% of Americans intake too much salt. And the major culprit is not the salt shaker but in prepackaged foods, processed foods, and those found in restaurants!
How Much Salt Do I Need a Day?
You shouldn’t intake any more than 2300 mg a day. Ideally 1500 mg a day is all you need. Decreasing the amount of salt you have will not only be healthy for your heart but for your blood pressure too.
Astonishing Facts on Salt
How Do You Know How Much Sodium You Are Getting?
Check the nutrition food labels which is located on the back of most prepackaged foods and is measured in milligrams (mg).
Also look for words like salt, sodium, or soda, plus the sodium from any other sodium-containing ingredients in the product (for example, sodium nitrate, sodium citrate, monosodium glutamate [MSG], or sodium benzoate).
Please also keep in mind, if you eat twice the serving size, you are also getting twice the salt!
A Few Tips
-Try to look for sodium-free, low, light, or reduced sodium foods
-Cook with Mrs. Dash
-try salt substitute
-No salt added canned veggies
-Fresh or frozen veggies
-Use sodium-tracker located here:
So, the next time someone passes you the salt at the dinner table, just keep on passing and skip it to protect your heart.
And in the end it will thank you with longevity.
<info from the American Heart Association @sodiumbreakup.heart.org>
Until next XOXO, and GIT Girl!