Salt is everywhere, beware; become a smart shopper & diner

My doctor for years told me to cut the salt in my diet and I would always respond that I didn’t cook with salt or add any to my meals, what else could I do? It wasn’t until after my angioplasty that I found out — what I could and now have to do is read every food label and check every restaurant menu for salt content. Everything we tend to eat in America is loaded with salt, meaning one meal, even one dish in a meal, can easily give us more than the 1,500 mgs a day someone in my life position should have.

This infographic recently came to my attention and I thought I’d share it, it says nearly 25 percent of the salt we eat comes from restaurant food. I’d say it’s much higher if you eat how regularly.

Salt is everywhere in restaurant food, check all menus before eating out.
Salt is everywhere in restaurant food, check all menus before eating out.

Here’s a handy guide for where sodium lurks in our foods and what to eat to minimize sodium intake. You also should check our ingredients, recipe and eating out pages. I’m constantly wringing sodium out of my diet these days, of the three food demons — fat, sugar and salt, it’s the one I miss the least.

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