Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I love salt. I always have. I grew up in a family that used salt on everything. I'm not exaggerating, either. My father salted watermelon. (It's delicious, you should really try it.Just a little, though. Keep your heat health in mind.) His father salted ice cream. We also used salt on tomatoes, carrots, green peppers and green apples.

When I took the heart health quiz yesterday, my sodium intake was one of the only things that I wasn't doing correctly for my heart. I have improved my salt intake over the last few months by eliminating most packaged foods from my diet. Most meals are made from scratch at home. I can't remember the last time I used the can opener. Probably for tuna.

Unfortunately, I am still getting salt from foods. I am probably doing better than most people, but need to work on improving it even more. Here are the results of the worst food for sodium.


CDC officials were amazed that just 10 foods are responsible for 44 per cent of the sodium consumed.

According to the CDC, breads and rolls account for about 7 per cent of the salt that the average American eats in a day. Next on the list: cold cuts and cured meats; pizza; fresh and processed poultry; soups; fast-food hamburgers and sandwiches and cheese.

Rounding out the list — and accounting for about 3 per cent each — are spaghetti and other pasta dishes; meat loaf and other meat dishes and snacks such as potato chips and pretzels.


Maybe I'm not doing as bad as I thought. I'll have to spend a day monitoring my salt intake to see if I'm overestimating my consumption.

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