Salt vs. Sodium: What’s the difference?
Find out how you can reduce your salt intake and better understand your sodium needs.
Many people want to better understand salt and sodium. What’s the difference and why is it important? In this Herbalife video, Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND explains how you can make good decisions regarding salt in you diet.
To understand salt and sodium, know that table salt is around 40% sodium. Most table salt also contains extra ingredients that stop it from caking and provide flavor.
Most of the sodium we get in our diet isn’t from table salt. Instead, most of your daily sodium comes from restaurant foods, canned soups, and cheese. The recommendation is that we eat about 2300 milligrams of sodium per day, but the average person eats about 3500 milligrams!
If you want to reduce your daily sodium intake try to avoid salt heavy processed foods and watch how much salt you use while cooking. The more processed foods are, the more sodium they tend to contain. Another option would be to season your foods with garlic, onion, herbs and spices, without adding salt. Try to eat foods as close as possible to their natural state. Take a look at my herb video here http://hrbl.me/17mhp88 and my starter guide to spices here: http://hrbl.me/1cY3aZk.
Herbs and spices are a great way to add an extra flavor punch without increasing your daily sodium consumption.
Let’s break down where salt might sneak into your diet.
– A box of rolled oats has zero milligrams of sodium per serving. However, many flavored instant oatmeal packets contain about 250 milligrams of sodium. – Roasted and sliced turkey breast prepared at home generally has about 15 milligrams in a serving of 3 ounces (100 grams), which is very little sodium. Alternatively, processed turkey breast from the deli counter can often contain over 20 times the amount of sodium!
You can keep an eye on your sodium levels by keeping an eye on nutrition labels and making informed choices. Aim for around 2300 milligrams per day.
Has this helped you better understand salt and sodium? You can learn more about healthy nutrition by checking out Susan Bowerman’s playlist
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