You may already be accustomed to avoid the salt shaker, but in fact the truth is that sodium plays an important role in maintaining fluid balance in the body. It is vital for proper functioning of muscles and nerves. On the other hand, either because the quality of prepared foods, either because of bad habits, most people consume too much sodium.
The human body needs a daily dose is 2400 mg sodium, or about 1 teaspoon of salt. Surprisingly or not, but most of the salt, which we assume does not come from salt shaker, but is “hidden” in many of the foods that we buy.
They really are quick and easy to prepare. And most of them are filled with sodium – for example, 150 g canned meat sauce contains approximately 800 mg sodium.
Tip: A “lighter” package may have less salt, but it is not certain. So always read the labels. It is “easier” to refer only to fat.
It appears safe, at least at first glance. But look more carefully – some types of cornflakes have 270 mg of sodium per serving, but one with dried fruit – to 350 milligrams of sodium per serving.
Tip: Rice and corn cereals (without something extra in them) are free of sodium. If you liked so much, simply mix half a cup of them with one that you love. Or look for another brand that contains less sodium – the quantity required should be indicated on the label.
Vegetable drinks are certainly healthy to obtain such required amount of vegetables per day, but they are not always a reasonable choice – one glass of tomato juice as prepared medium containing 650 mg sodium.
Tip: Many brands produce and vegetable juices have low sodium content. Just read the label.
Although convenient substitute for fresh, canned vegetables are usually filled with preservatives or spices, which add extra amounts of sodium. Cup canned corn contains an average of 730 mg sodium.
Tip: Wash vegetables before you eat or buy any cans which labels said they have no added salt. Or search for frozen vegetables – they have less salt.