90 percent of Americans eat too much salt: Study

  • metta

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    Jun 25, 2010 7:23 PM GMT
    90 percent of Americans eat too much salt: Study

    http://www.nationalpost.com/percent+Americans+much+salt+Study/3200896/story.html
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    Mar 16, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    This is definitely true in my case. I started using dailyburn.com to track my food intake and -- while I am doing okay for fat and cholesterol -- my salt is off the charts! I found this especially surprising because I don't add salt to anything and cook a lot of my food myself.

    Some of the surprise offenders:

    - Cottage Cheese
    - Boar's Head turkey
    - Tomato sauce

    Definitely going to start watching this more closely now and try the low-sodium versions of these foods. I don't understand why they would think cottage cheese needed so much salt in it. I found one brand of tomato sauce with a reasonable amount, but it's twice as much as the store brand.
  • NerdLifter

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    Mar 16, 2011 4:14 PM GMT
    Luckily for me, my doc says I need to eat more salt. Om nom nom. Salt = delicious.
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    Mar 16, 2011 4:24 PM GMT
    I get way too much sodium, but it's amazing how efficient our system worksicon_smile.gif

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    Mar 16, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    Yeah, but wit preservatives... it's pretty much impossible to eat the 'recommended' amount... unless you grow all your own vegetables, and slay all your own meat, collect your own eggs. So just excersize and use the sodium.
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    Mar 16, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    I am well aware that I am part of that 90%. But I really am trying to cut it down. Some foods just contain so much sodium
  • SoDakGuy

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    Mar 16, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    That's pretty obvious. Look at the nutritional value. There's TONS of salt in every type of processed food.

    I do my best to buy fresh food every time I go to the grocery store. In my opinion, it just tastes better.
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    Mar 16, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    SoDakGuy saidThat's pretty obvious. Look at the nutritional value. There's TONS of salt in every type of processed food.

    I do my best to buy fresh food every time I go to the grocery store. In my opinion, it just tastes better.


    Agreed, and that's partly why I was surprised. We don't buy frozen dinners, carb mixes like instant potatoes or hamburger helper, I like to cook but making my own cheese is a little more than I have time for. icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 16, 2011 5:55 PM GMT
    This was something my nutrition class went over; was very informative

    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/usda-dietary-guidelines-10927832