Consume less salt, or face the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke! We’ve all heard the warnings, and maybe you’ve even cut table salt out of your family’s diet completely. But, there are a lot of other sources of salt besides the table shaker.
It turns out that, even with all the advice to reduce sodium, Americans consume more now that they ever have before. In fact, according to some studies, salt consumption in the U.S. has jumped 50 percent over the past 40 years. How can that be?
It turns out that salt is in a lot of the foods we eat. Restaurants add it to many dishes to enhance flavor. Processed food manufacturers also add lots of salt to many foods. Take Rice-a-Roni for example. One serving can contain as much as 1020 mg of salt. That’s almost half of an adult’s recommended daily intake. For kids (who often eat more than one serving at a single meal), it can be even more of their recommended daily intake.
The worst offender, though, is bread. A single slice of bread isn’t overly salty, but Americans eat so much of it. When was the last time you went to a restaurant and they didn’t serve you a basket of bread and crackers? Hamburger and hot dog buns, rolls, biscuits, crackers, bagels, doughnuts – they’re all basically forms of bread.
If you are watching your salt intake, be careful of the amount of bread you and your family eats. As a side benefit, bread also contains a lot of calories. So, cutting down on bread may help your waistline in addition to your heart!
Remember, healthy choices you make each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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