Hi Everybody, Debbie Benson here...
This is where I can tell you about what I know, what I have found out, and here I can also rant a bit.
Since I was a little girl I have been aware of sodium, both high and low levels, as you learned in my first Season-It Newsletter 3 Tips That Help A Low Sodium Diet. Starting Benson's Gourmet Seasonings has been a dream come true.
As I learn and find helpful information, tips, products, recipes, and websites, I will share the information with you here. Then, you can follow-up and do your own research and make your own, more informed decisions regarding your health, or the health of a loved one. Knowledge helps you and gives you the power to make better decisions.
It's not just about what you don't do or can't have. It's also about things you can or should do or add to your diet that can make a difference. Here we go...
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3 Tips to Help Calculate Your Daily Sodium Intake
When you are told to go on a low sodium diet. The dietitian or doctor may tell you to keep your daily sodium intake below 2000mg or (2g that's 2 grams). Perhaps you are told to stay below, 1500mg, or 1000mg, 500mg or even 100mg of sodium per day. How do you calculate how much sodium you are consuming every day?
Here are 3 tips to help teach you how to figure this out and stay at, or below your recommended daily sodium allowance.
With practice, you will learn to calculate the sodium amounts very quickly. Especially when eating many of the same foods, as you will have already learned their sodium values. In the beginning, this can be very time-consuming. Looking-up everything and adding up the totals, (double-check your math, no mistakes here). In time, this does become faster and easier.
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