Thursday, May 27, 2010

That makes me salty!

Seeing as how I had a big glass of V8 Spicy Hot Vegetable juice only a few hours ago, this news is pretty disheartening. Health.com has posted a fascinating article on the 25 Surprisingly Salty Processed Foods. What's the surprise, you say? Well, it's that so many of them are supposed to be healthy options, such as a Lean Cuisine frozen entree, light salad dressing, a meatless black bean burger and low-fat cottage cheese.
The average person in the U.S. consumes 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s equivalent to almost 9 grams of salt, or nearly 2 teaspoonfuls, which is way more than the 2,300 milligrams per day suggested by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
But the majority of excess salt, or 77 percent, isn’t spooned into food...it comes from processed foods. The FDA recently announced a plan to gradually scale back on salt in processed foods, which may be the end of the line for super salty products.
Until then, I guess I won't be digging into a bowl of Raisin Bran anytime soon!

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