Did you know there can be hidden sodium in your food?

Sodium is not always listed as “salt” on ingredient labels, so be aware of other descriptions such as sodium bicarbonate, sodium nitrate, sodium chloride, saline, monosodium glutamate (MSG), and sodium benzoate.

Most sodium consumed comes from processed foods, so read labels and be sure to double-read the serving size. It’s not always what you think or what you’d put on a plate or pour into a bowl.

If you are keeping a check on sodium intake, it’s important to read ingredients and be aware of frozen meals, canned foods, snacks such as chips, popcorn and pretzels, and less obvious items such as vegetable juice, salsa, pasta sauce, salad dressings and condiments, especially soy sauce coming in at 1,000 mg. per tablespoon. Lastly, it might be surprising to know your favorite bread or tortilla brand may have uber high sodium levels! For instance, an Einstein oat bran bagel has 620 mg. of sodium.

*Always check with your Doctor. Dietary guidelines for most individuals state no more than 2,300 mg. of salt daily. Keep in mind that your doctor may recommend even lower for you depending upon underlying medical concerns or health issues.

At My House Fitness of Allen, our Personal Trainers focus on more than just exercise. Our goal is to improve your overall health, and your diet, what and how you eat, are an important part of that. Get in touch with us if you need help.