Do you have high blood pressure OR swelling of your ankles? Getting too much salt?

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Sodium.  A villain of sorts.  Are you one of the 90% of Americans who consume too much sodium?  10 food categories account for a great deal of our sodium intake, per the Centers for Disease Control.

The top 10 culprits are:

  • White bread and rolls,
  • lunch meats (including deli turkey and ham),
  • pizza (frozen or restaurant),
  • poultry,
  • soups,
  •  sandwiches,
  • cheese,
  • meat dishes,
  • pasta dishes, and
  • salty snack foods (think popcorn, pretzels, and potato chips).

Most American adults eat or drink twice the amount of recommended daily sodium.  Most of the sodium is NOT added at the table.  The US Dietary Guidelines recommend sodium intake at less than 2,300 mg/day.  Whereas the average American consumes 3,300 mg daily from food alone.  Those with high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and African-Americans are suggested to take in less than 1,500 mg/day of sodium.

How to decrease your sodium intake?  Eat more fresh (or frozen) fruits and vegetables.  Prepare more food at home.  Decrease eating out.  Decrease eating processed (or boxed) foods.

More information is available at www.cdc.gov/salt or information on the DASH low-sodium eating plan at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/dash.

About Leslie Greenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for 15 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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