May 24, 2010

Daily Food Myth

Myth #5: All packaged foods are high in sodium.

Processed foods tend to be high in sodium because it helps preserve foods longer and increase flavor. However, consumer demand for low-sodium foods is slowly changing the marketplace. Manufacturers are responding by voluntarily reducing the sodium in many of their products—and not just the low-sodium varieties. Be sure to read nutrition facts labels to find out how much sodium a particular food contains and choose low-, no- or reduced-sodium versions of your favorite soups, frozen meals, canned foods, and snacks. Even butter is available without added salt!

Myself: Well, I did cover my belief on sodium levels on packaged foods already, so enough said on that. When possible buy what you need non-packaged though, such as fresh beans instead of canned and cook them, or fresh vegetables, fresh corn, fresh tomatoes, and fresh fruit.


  1. What is the actual myth about sodium...I am such a salt person and really need to know how this is hampering my weight loss???

  2. The myth is that not all packaged foods are high in sodium. You should only be consuming 2,000 mg of sodium a day. Most people in the uS today are taking in somewhere around 5,000 to 10,000 a day. I generally get 2,200 to 3,000 with being aware of it. Sodium levels increase our blood pressure, and in turn cause us to retain water and gain weight.