When we first decided to eat healthy, one of the first things we did was to start reading the labels on everything. Our main concern was trying to avoid the bad stuff like saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. If the product did not have any of this bad stuff and had some of the good stuff like vitamins and proteins, we felt it was ok to buy. And believe me when you are shopping in a regular grocery store, this is about the best you can do.
But there was one ingredient we never paid much attention to. And that ingredient was sodium. Let’s face it. When you buy any food item off the shelf in almost any grocery store that item is almost always going to have sodium in it. So you can’t avoid it. All you can do is be aware of it and try to choose food items that are low in sodium, relatively speaking. I say relatively speaking because the label will give you a number of milligrams (mg) per serving and a percent of theUSrecommended daily allowance (US RDA). Even though the percent on the label might seem low and acceptable to you, you need to keep in mind that the percent is based on a 2000 calorie daily diet and a limit of not more than 2300mg of sodium. If you consume less than 2000 calories daily, then the amount of sodium you consume should be reduced proportionately as well. For example, on a recent trip to the grocery store, we were looking to buy some healthy meats. My family loves turkey sausages. We felt this was a healthy alternative to beef sausages. But for the first time ever while reading the label, I paid attention to the amount of sodium turkey sausage contained. It was an eye popping 610mg per serving! That’s 27% of the US RDA (610/2300)! What if I decided to eat breakfast and eat light for the rest of the day and only consumed 1000 calories. Since I consumed half the calories, 1000 calories (1/2 of 2000), then I should also limit my consumption of sodium to half the US RDA which would be 1150mg (1/2 of 2300mg). Then that 27% percent now becomes 53% (610/1150) of the US RDA!
I know it is difficult to eat healthy if you shop at regular grocery stores and eat out occasionally. But there are things we can do to control what we eat. One good way is to cook more of your meals from scratch as we discussed in an earlier post. Secondly, just simply start reading the labels at the store and making the best choice amongst the products that are available. Finally, I would invite all who read this post to check out the link below about a great way to make sure you and your family consumes some of the healthiest food in the world.
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