Best Food Forward – Halt the Salt!

March 13th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

Next time you’re shopping, take a look at your grocery cart. How many processed, packaged food items and ready-to-go meals are there? Over 75% of the sodium in our diets comes from processed foods such as deli meats, pizza, cheese, sauces and soups. Excess sodium is bad for your health. Take these steps to reduce your sodium intake, starting at the grocery store:

  • Buy more fresh foods that are naturally low in sodium, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk products, dried legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and unseasoned meats, fish and poultry. Back at home, cook from scratch.
  • Compare food labels. Buy the products with the lowest amounts of sodium.
  • Use the % Daily Value (% DV) on the label to see if a food has a little or a lot of sodium. Here’s a useful guide: 5% DV or less is a little sodium; 15% DV or more is a lot. Choose foods with less than 15% DV for sodium.
  • Pick up sodium-free seasonings such as herbs and spices, fresh garlic or ginger, lemons or limes, onions or balsamic vinegar. They add fantastic flavour to your meals without adding salt!

Eating less sodium can help you stay healthy and feel your best. For more facts and tips on sodium, visit:

http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Blood-Pressure-and-Hypertension/Sodium-Sense-factsheets.aspx

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