Ward off high blood pressure by avoiding these hidden sources of salt.
A high intake of sodium is simply bad for your health. Too much sodium consumption can increase your blood pressure, which in turn can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.
Surprisingly, the average American consumes about 3,400 mg of sodium each day. Lower your high blood pressure risk by avoiding or limiting these hidden sources of sodium.
Processed, packaged, store-bought and restaurant foods tend to be higher in sodium. When you cook your own food from scratch, it allows you to control the amount of salt added. Convenience foods, on the other hand, have a higher salt content to preserve shelf-life and achieve uniform flavor. Convenience foods which tend to be higher in sodium include:
- Canned soups
- Canned vegetables
- Frozen meals
- Luncheon meats
How often do you add ketchup to your already salted French fries? Adding condiments piles on the sodium. Soy Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, relish and olives can add more sodium than you would like to admit. For example, a tablespoon of soy sauce could contain up to 1,000 mg of sodium.
This category is a little more obvious in terms of sodium content. Eating pretzels, potato chips and nuts adds to your sodium intake really fast so opt for fruits and veggies to snack on or unsalted seeds and nuts.
Foods with certain key words
Anything described as pickled, cured or brined tend to be high in sodium and reducing sodium intake starts with reducing your consumption of the offending foods. The DASH eating plan (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a diet low in sodium, fat and cholesterol, and high in fruit and vegetables and low-fat dairy products and fiber.
The medical staff at the Bariatric Wellness and Surgical Institute at JFK Medical Center can find help you find an option to reclaim your health. Join us for an information session about our Bariatric program on the fourth Thursday of every month. Call (561) 568-BARI (2274) for details and registration.