A Bacon cheeseburger with sweet potato fries sounds perfect for lunch or does it?
Should I skip the fries and have a salad instead? Really, I should skip all of it and have a salad, unless I want to overload on salt and fat. Since I don’t want to chain myself to the elliptical machine at the Y, I’ve been watching my portions and now am more conscious of another hidden risk, Salt!
There’s a lot of hidden salt and sodium in foods and if you have kidney disease or high blood pressure, the effects of a shake or 2 of salt on your food can be devastating. I was surprised at how much salt there is in bread! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists the 10 types of foods most likely to be pushing people over the recommended amount of sodium:
- Breads and rolls
- Deli lunch meats
- Soups – canned or prepared
- Cheeseburgers and other sandwiches
- Pasta mixed dishes
- Meat mixed dishes, and
- Snack foods such as pretzels, potato chips and popcorn.
On average, adults in the United States eat more than 3,300 milligrams of salt daily. And for many this is twice the amount experts suggest.
So, when it comes to salt, don’t eliminate these foods, but do read the labels and cut back where you can. Substitute other herbs for salt to help food taste better and when looking for snacks, switch to fresh fruits and veggies.