The government's sodium recommendations are not very realistic. The recommendation is to eat no more than 2300mg of sodium daily for those people who are NOT hypertensive and less than 1500mg (2/3 tsp of salt) daily for those with high blood pressure. The problem is that most adults over 50 years of age, African Americans, and those with hypertension and/or diabetes take in more than 1500mg and everybody else gets in more than 2300mg of sodium daily. In order to take in less than 1500mg daily one would practically have to restrict, if not avoid, eating meat, poultry, fish, and grains and instead eat mostly fruit, nuts and seeds. Instead, those with hypertension should cut back on foods which tend to contain high sodium such as most processed foods (e.g., canned soup, bread, rolls, cold cuts, cured meats, pizza, cheese, and salty snacks). For the most part, it's healthier to eat low-sodium, low-fat versions of these foods in smaller portion sizes if at all. Also, cut down on eating at restaurants and fast-food establishments. It's always healthier to eat more wholesome foods which are natural and not man-made.
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.