Even though the debate about whether or not sodium is as bad for our health as we have been taught or not is still going. Sodium is known to be the cause for several health issues like bloating, high blood pressure and excessive sweating.
While sodium found in salt is to an extent needed for our health, it should be taken with a limit and unfortunately most of us take more than our bodies need of it.
The average person should consume a little less than a teaspoon of salt everyday but of course all of us even hypertension patients take more than that amount a day especially if you are a lover of fast food.
Fast food in particular is designed to contain high levels of salt and fat which appeals to our taste buds making it easy to overeat and crave this specific food later on.
A lot of the sodium we take come from unexpected sources, you don’t have to add salt to your meat to get sodium, sodium is present in meat, dairy, water and almost everything you are consuming needless to mention the added amount you increase with table salt.
Here’s the most unexpected sources of sodium to avoid or limit if you have hypertension or been recommended by your doctor to reduce your sodium intake.
Brea’s is one of the most eaten things that provide sodium to your body in a hidden way. Even one small bagel bread will contain about 450 mlg of sodium while the daily allowance for an average person is 2.300 milligrams a day.
Before you buy your bread read the lapels and choose brands that provide no more than 170 to 200 mg per slice. Also try to switch to brown bread which is less refined and in turn provide less sodium.
2- Tomato-Based Jarred Sauces.
Ketchup and pasta ready sauces are loaded with salt, only two teaspoons of ketchup continue about 300 milligrams of sodium, in addition to the salt in your burger and fries, that will be exceeding your sodium allowance per day in only one meal.
Instead of buying tomato sauces, make your own for pasta and substitute ketchup to fresh slices of tomato or freshly shopped up tomato with olive oil, oregano and garlic.
3- Boxed Cereal.
Besides the fact that they are super processed and very high in sugar content, they also exceed the daily allowance of sodium.
Instead try other plain options of cereal like oatmeal or shredded wheat, or homemade porridge and always check the lapel of the product before buying it, only buy cereals that provide 170 milligrams of sodium per serving.
4- Canned Foods.
Canned foods even what you would think is healthy like organic soups and vegetables are loaded with sodium.
The canning process require adding too much sodium to preserve the food inside so even if you rinse the food over and over you will still get more sodium than you would get if you go for the fresh option.
Instead opt for frozen options or fresh in season. Make your own soups whenever you have free time and freeze them so you can control the amount of sodium contained.
5- Lunch Meats.
You may think that having your smoked turkey sandwich is something healthy to eat, but think again. Sodium nitrate is the preservative agent found in all lunch meats. So even one slice of deli meat can contain 200 milligrams of sodium.
Use low-sodium tuna preserved in water or olive oil to make sandwiches. Or even better use your leftovers, chicken breasts or steaks leaving from the night before can make great sandwiches and you will be getting less sodium.