Entries Tagged as 'salt'

Lick the salt habit!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a list of the top 10 sources of sodium in the average diet.

The usual culprits were there – soups, cheese, and pizza – but were any of you as surprised as I was to find a big catch-all category like “snacks” at the bottom of the list?

And were any of you even more surprised by the top offender? Who would have thought that bread was the largest source of sodium in our diets? I certainly wouldn’t have guessed so.

Salt is a common additive to processed foods – think of all of those bags of chips, cans of soup, and boxes of microwave meals that we eat – but it is one that we can avoid with some shopping savvy.

The CDC lists these 10 foods as the top sources of sodium in our diets:

1. Breads and rolls
2. Cold cuts and cured meats
3. Pizza
4. Poultry
5. Soups
6. Sandwiches
7. Cheese
8. Pasta dishes
9. Meat dishes
10. Snacks

To reduce your salt intake:

Eat fewer processed foods and switch to eating fresh fruits and vegetables more often
Use herbs and spices like lemon, garlic, pepper, and oregano to give flavour to your foods instead of salt
Switch salty, crunchy snacks like chips for healthier options like popcorn or pita triangles

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Try it Tuesday: Soup

If you’ve been to the market lately, you’ve probably seen squash. It’s everywhere right now - and in every shape, size, and colour. Wondering what you can do with all these gorgeous gourds now that Halloween’s but a haunting memory? When life hands you squash, make soup!

As mentioned in “Why you should warm up to soup“, soups give you a chance to try out unfamiliar veggies, like all those seasonal squash - or fennel or okra or yams. And you can experiment with herbs and spices and easily tweak recipes - for example, I love to spike this Martha Stewart recipe with a handful of chopped ginger.

And since canned and boxed soups tend to be stealthy sources of salt, making your own soup is a healthier choice because you can control how much salt you add. A food processor certainly comes in handy during soup season, but you can also pulse and puree vegetables using a blender - even a hand-blender can do the trick for small batches. Cook up big batches of soup and store in jars in the fridge to tote to work for a healthy lunch.

In addition to the yum & simplicity factors, soup may also help with weight management. To find out how - and which kinds are best - keep reading here…

Related: Soup + 8 more cold symptom relievers for kids under age 6, Eating when you’re not feeling well, The 8 items to add to your pantry this cold & flu season, How to soothe a sore throat

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Weekend Wellness Wisdom

Categories: The Wellness Word

We here at Good for You! and MedBroadcast love the Heart & Stroke Foundation!

They provide so much helpful information about making beneficial food choices and taking care of our cardiovascular health.

So, this weekend, let’s hand it over to our heart-smart partners:

> The H&SF encourages you to try 5 foods you may have never tried before.

> The H&SF helps you answer the eternal question: What’s for dinner?

> The H&SF shake out 18 low-salt shopping secrets.

> The H&SF explain how red meat can be a part of a healthy diet.

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Kids’ bodies not acting their age?

It’s not a condition usually associated with children. It’s more of a middle-aged man’s sort of medical issue. Until recent years, hospitals generally treated only about 10 kids each year for the painful, recurring problem. But now, in some hospitals, that number has jumped to 5 young patients per week. [Read more →]

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Salt can really sneak up on you

I once saw a woman at a restaurant slap her own hand as she reached for the salt shaker, like the kind of swat you’d give a naughty puppy. “Bad doggy!” she seemed to be saying.

Like this woman, many of us feel like we have some control over how much salt we consume each day. I mean, you see it pouring right out of the shaker, right?

But a mere 10% of our daily salt intake comes from the salt shaker. The rest sneaks in, stealthy, secret sodium hiding in the most unexpected places … [Read more →]

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