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Sodium still high in fast food and processed foods

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May 16, 2013

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Barina Craft
June 13, 2013

Great advice for entertaining at home as well. Its really easy to set out salty chips, cold cuts and other party snacks that are processed instead of preparing yourself.

Control the sodium in the recipes you are making and serve a variety of fruits and vegetables cut into finger food sized bites. Leave out on your bartop or cocktail table for guests to choose from and they’ll be heart healthy favorites.

weight-loss-secret-guide
June 06, 2013

good information
thanks

ricki
June 04, 2013

it’s one of many reasons why I don’t like foods such fast foods. We can’t tell if the foods contain ingredients that fit to our health and body 🙂

Steve
May 28, 2013

Great article Daniel, really informative. This is the kind of information that needs to be put in front of everybody from a young age so that they can get into a positive routine through their diet.

I have my own online calorie counting website which also has nutritional information. The problem is that most people see the amount of sodium in a food as just a statistic as opposed to a warning when it comes to nutritional labels. I have tried to add warnings where possible, but even still people take only what they want when it comes to looking at facts and figures.

If kids are taught from an early age the dangers of too much sodium (as well as about nutrition in general), then they can develop positive behaviors going into later life and can then have a positive influence on the next generation, breaking the cycle of all the adults now who have no idea on the subject and feed themselves, and their kids with unhealthy, high sodium foods.

In an ideal world…

writemypaperpal
May 25, 2013

very useful information. I will look forward to find out more.You have provided informative points. I will visit this blog often.Thank you for sharing with us!
Really great. You are absolutely welcome. And thank you for coming by! I really appreciate it.

Roger Gietzen MD
May 21, 2013

I know there are many studies supporting high salt intake with cardiac disease, but then one comes along like this; http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57321659-10391704/cutting-back-salt-may-be-worse-for-heart-health-study/, and you have to say, hmm.
Salt out of the equation, there are so many benefits to preparing your own “high in fruits and vegetables”, whole food diet, that regulating restaruants should be uneeded.
Sincerely,
Roger Gietzen, MD

Dan Pendick
May 19, 2013

Thanks for your critical perspective. But I would point out a couple of things to consider. One, the most recent observational data suggest that Baby Boomers may be, in fact, LESS healthy than their parents. s this media report explains,
“Baby boomers have more chronic illness and disability than their parents, as their sedentary habits and expanding girth offset the modern medicine that enables them to live longer, a study said.”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-04/baby-boomers-sicker-than-parents-generation-study-finds.html

Certainly high sodium intake appears to play a role in this..

Whether to further regulate the food industry with respect to sodium is indeed an important public policy issue. People do not have to eat out, or purchase highly processed foods. But they do, and the high sodium level may increase disease while lifespans may not decrease, which only further contributes to the nation’s healthcare bill.

This is a questions for voters and legislators. We health reports just hope the information we provide helps the process end with better decisions.

Andrew Senske
May 18, 2013

Watch out, though. If we save too many lives all at once healthcare costs will skyrocket even higher, and global warming might actually become a reality someday. We’re living longer and healthier lives than we ever have in the US – at least if you assume that living longer no matter how “unhealthy” you may be is healthier than being dead. Leave it to a Ph.D. to call for government action to reduce sodium levels in food. How about we let individuals make their own choices regarding what to eat?

Anyway, good points about reducing sodium, but pretty much a non-issue in my book.

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