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Posts Tagged ‘salt’

She’s No Longer The One For Me

Posted by terrepruitt on November 5, 2015

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia TechniqueArgh!  The other day I made an annoying discovering.  I am somewhat ashamed I didn’t discover it before, yet at the same time I am somewhat angry that it is even something someone would need to – could actually – discover.  There is sugar in my salt!  WHAT?  WHY IS THERE SUGAR IN MY SALT?  Yeah, that is why I am angry.  I never even thought to look at the ingredients of the salt.  But actually I kinda believe I have before and this is not something that has always been the case – sugar in the salt – but I am not sure.  Why is there dextrose in salt?

Dextrose is a simple sugar made from corn.  There is no need for sugar to be in salt.  The only reason I can think of is that the manufacturers have a desire to make it more addicting.  I am sure that, if you have a TV or have any contact with social media, you have seen and/or heard that there is sugar in ALL TYPES OF THINGS.  Things where there really doesn’t need to be sugar.  And you may have heard, while you were watching TV or perusing Facebook, or scrolling through Twitter, that it is believed that sugar is addictive.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, PiYo, Nia TechniqueSo that is the only reason I can think of as to why food manufactures would put it in practically everything.

Some foods that are made to have less fat have to have additional sugar to make them taste acceptable, but again, that would also make them addictive.  And, again, it is well-know that “less fat” just means more sugar.  When eating foods that are known to have sugar, such as cookies or cupcakes it is understandable they have sugar.  But it is annoying when food manufactures use sugar in things you don’t expect because there doesn’t need to be sugar in them.  Like most salad dressings, spices, milk, breads, pasta, ya know things that are not traditionally made with sugar.

So, it is with sadness that I say good-bye to that girl I have grown up with all my life, or as long as I can remember.  Good-bye Morton salt, I am disgusted that there is sugar in your salt and I will no longer be purchasing it.  I will be spending my money on salt that is just that, salt.  You are no longer the one.

Did you know there is sugar in Morton salt?  So you use Morton salt? Did you, like me, grow up using Morton’s salt?

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Lower Salt Intake

Posted by terrepruitt on September 2, 2010

The recommended daily maximum sodium intake for Americans is 2300 to 2400 milligrams for healthy people, for people with high blood pressure and elderly people it is even less at 1500 milligrams.  Do you know how much the average American consumes per day?   A lot, more than twice the amount for a healthy person, at 5000 milligrams.  The body  needs 500 milligrams a day and we are getting about 10 times as much.

One teaspoon of salt contains 2325 milligrams of sodium.  So one teaspoon is about all we should be having per day.  It would be a lot easier if we were in complete control of the sodium we consumed and it was not added to our food.  A lot of food might not even taste salty to contain a high amount of sodium.  Most of the salt in the American diet comes from restaurant foods and processed, about 80 percent.  Foods high in sodium are the highly processed foods, canned foods, pickled foods, condiments, dressings, and sauces.

There is research predicting that more than 100,000 Ameican deaths a year could be prevented if Americans reduced their sodium intake.

It could be a matter of understanding the labeling terms, according to an article on the Mayo Clinic’s website, here is some help:

  • Sodium-free or salt-free. Each serving in this product contains less than 5 mg of sodium.
  • Very low sodium. Each serving contains 35 mg of sodium or less.
  • Low sodium. Each serving contains 140 mg of sodium or less.
  • Reduced or less sodium. The product contains at least 25 percent less sodium than the regular version.
  • Lite or light in sodium. The sodium content has been reduced by at least 50 percent from the regular version.
  • Unsalted or no salt added. No salt is added during processing of a food that normally contains salt. However, some foods with these labels may still be high in sodium.

I really love salt.  Even though I don’t eat a lot of processed foods, I do salt my food.  I am probably one of the “average Americans” that consumes sodium on the high end.  The information that I am seeing states that liking foods salty is an acquired taste so one can learn to like food less salty by just reducing the salt slowly.  I think I am going to do that.    What about you, do you eat the “average American” amount?  Is there a way you can reduce your sodium intake?


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