Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts February 2003
Short Cuts:HEALTH BEAT
The Shakeout on Salt
Even if you never wield a salt shaker, chances are you’re
getting too much sodium in your diet. Indeed, processed foods and
restaurant meals often are extremely high in salt.
More is at stake than flavor: Diets high in sodium can lead to
high blood pressure and hypertension, upping the risk of developing
heart disease and stroke.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (www.nhlbi.nih.gov)
advises adults to limit sodium to 2,400 milligrams a day. But it’s
easy to blow these numbers in one sitting: A McDonald’s Crispy
Chicken Sandwich has 1,180 milligrams of sodium; a half-cup serving
of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup has 890 milligrams (and that
little can has 2.5 servings).
To cut back on sodium, try these tips.
• Up your intake of high-potassium foods, such
as fresh fruits and vegetables.
• When dining out, ask your server to recommend
low-salt dishes, or request that your meal be prepared without
• When cooking, use herbs, spices and lemon juice
to add flavor.
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