A record year for the No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Journal!!!

With a month and a half left in 2017, we just  hit an all-time annual high for views on our site! As of this morning, we had 57,355 views in 2017, blowing past the 56,994 views we had in 2015, our previous high.

This website started to give people on restricted diets alternatives to eating nothing but bland, boring food. People told us back in 2012 that no one would care about salt, fat and sugar in their food. But those naysayers were wrong, apparently.

With a month and a half left in 2017, we just  hit an all-time annual high for views on our site! As of this morning, we had 57,355 views in 2017, blowing past the 56,994 views we had in 2015, our previous high. Those views this year came from 30,213 visitors to the site, another record compared with the previous high of 28,596 we had in 2015.

We consistently rank at or near the top in search results for no salt, no fat and no sugar foods and recipes. Indeed, our recipe page is the most viewed place on our site with 12,513 views as of Nov. 14.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, searches for our low-salt side dishes and our discussion on how to find low-salt turkeys will likely draw even more views before the big turkey day arrives.

Most of our viewers are in the United States but we have visitors from all over the world, which is also most gratifying.

Medical issues this year have kept me from posting as often as I have in the past, but expect that to change in the coming year. I’ll be back, finding and trying recipes that are tasty yet also low-salt, low-fat and low-sugar for you.

John

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Test your salt IQ

I’m not a big fan of infographics, they usually only scratch the surface on a topic and I always want to know more. But I recently ran across this sodium test after completing a cardio-rehab program at my local hospital (this after a second angioplasty in five years for me this past June) and thought it worth sharing.

Try to math them up without looking at the answers first. I doubt many of you will find all the hidden sodium in some of the food items listed.

Sodium lurks in so many everyday food, like bread, ketchup and any processed meat. Beware of it.

EPSON MFP image

No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar? No Problem!

It seems that everything we put in our mouths these days is full of salt, fat, and sugar. If you are trying to cut down on the Big Three, this isn’t very helpful for your diet. In fact, it’s a killer because SFS (salt, fat, sugar) are the main ingredients which are unhealthy in large quantities. Of course, the key is to lower the amount of each you eat on a daily basis, yet it is easier to say than do. With salt, fat, and sugar everywhere you turn, it can seem almost impossible. Luckily, it’s a realistic possibility with the following tips.

Step One: Lowering Fat

Too much fat is without a doubt the biggest enemy, so let’s tackle this one first. The odds are you like to fry food because it is a quick and easy way to prepare a meal. Did you know the following facts about frying meat and vegetables?:

–    Fried food has twice as many calories as proteins or carbs

–    Eating fried food four times a week increases the risk of obesity

–    Frying oil takes away the healthy nutrients and turns them into harmful fats Continue reading “No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar? No Problem!”

McDonald’s Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich — a salt bomb to avoid

McDonald’s has been working hard to improve the image of its food offerings, wanting to get away from seeming processed or simply bad fast food and I give it credit for those efforts. But sadly I think it’s still missing the point, at least for someone like me worried about salt, fat and sugar in my diet.

One of McDonald's new grilled artisan chicken sandwiches.
One of McDonald’s new grilled artisan chicken sandwiches.

The McDonald’s Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich is its latest attempt. artisan conveys a sense that this chicken is somehow more special than its regular chicken sandwich. So I was really hoping to see that in its nutrition information. What I saw instead though was a mountain of salt.

The regular variety has 1110 mgs of sodium, half a day’s worth for a healthy person, almost a full day;s worth for someone like me dealing with heart disease. It also sports 7 grams of fat, not all that bad, and 11 grams of sugar. Continue reading “McDonald’s Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich — a salt bomb to avoid”

Say it ain’t so Naf Naf Grill. Did you add salt and fat?

So what has happened? Has there been a drastic reformulation of Naf Naf food for the worse, or is something wrong with it’s nutrition info on-site?

I wrote an enthusiastic post about the relatively new fast food chain Naf Naf Grill back in 2014 when I discovered the low-salt content of its pita bread and the low-fat content of its beef in a pita offering. I’ve been touting it to friends and family ever since.

The menu board from a Naf Naf Grill location in Niles, Ill. Other outlets have slightly different offerings.
The menu board from a Naf Naf Grill location in Niles, Ill. Other outlets have slightly different offerings.

So I was shocked and dismayed recently when I checked it’s site and found the numbers have changed drastically for the worse. I’ve written Naf Naf and posted on its Facebook page to get answers but haven’t heard a word yet, very poor customer relations. Continue reading “Say it ain’t so Naf Naf Grill. Did you add salt and fat?”

Companies cut salt, sugar in packaged foods; urge them to do more

I’ve written extensively about how I had to change my food shopping habits to get the salt, fat and sugar out of the items I buy. Most processed foods contain more salt than any normal person woudl need, let alone someone who has heart issues as I do.

Salt can lead to stomach cancer, one more reason to get it out of your diet.
Too much salt will be in processed and restaurant foods for years to come.

Where once I’d shop at a store or two, I now buy food at a variety of stories, cherry-picking the low- and no-salt products where I can find them since not even major food stores seem to carry them all.

A ray of good news broke through that food store clutter, recently, though. A new survey, albeit done by the processed food business itself, found that global consumer goods companies cut the salt and sugar in about 20% of their products in 2016. Continue reading “Companies cut salt, sugar in packaged foods; urge them to do more”

5 low-sodium meals to consider

Salt has become my sworn enemy because of its impact on my weight and blood pressure, so I’ve been working hard to redo recipes to get the salt out since my 2012 angioplasty. Check my recipe page for some great recipes that have a minimum of salt.

Recently, I saw this headline, 5 Low-Sodium Meals That Won’t Make You Reach for the Salt Shaker and was intrigued, so I check it out on Cafemom.com.

At least two of these actually sound good to me and don;t seem to compensate for the lack of salt by adding fat and/or sugar. I’d try the Alaskan BBQ Salmon and the Mini Turkey Meatballs. Salmon and ground turkey are two of my go-to proteins these days. I would cut the sugar in the salmon however, honey and sugar seem like too much sweetness and too much sugar. Or use a low-sugar, low-salt barbecue sauce like LocalFolks.

The link to the turkey meatballs isn’t working so I can’t examine the ingredients list, but I like the concept. Try adding Italian seasoning and some low-fat parmesan cheese for flavor.

I’d try the Penne With Cherry Tomatoes, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese but would substitute fat-free feta instead of the goat cheese.

John