Food For Thought

sodium

Slashing Your Sodium

The recommended daily value of salt is no more than 2,300 mg of sodium (one teaspoon) a day. A diet high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease. One simple way to reduce your sodium intake is to watch out for these ordinary foods with extraordinary sodium counts.

  • Condiments: Margarine, butter, mayonnaise, ketchup, pasta sauces, soy sauces and dressings.
  • Processed foods: Crackers, chips, pickles, canned vegetables and soup and lunch meats.
  • Meats: Red meats and meats like bacon and ham tend to be higher in sodium.
  • Fast foods: A lot of items from fast food restaurants are loaded with shocking amounts of sodium.

Good alternatives to some of these items include pesto, oil and vinegar, or “low sodium” varieties.  All available at any campus dining location!