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Old 01-18-2008, 02:48 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how much sodium one can have when trying to lose weight?
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Old 01-18-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
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The recommended max for good health is 2400 mg. They say most Americns consume 2 or 3 times that amount
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The recommended max for good health is 2400 mg. They say most Americns consume 2 or 3 times that amount
Yeah, and it's SO EASY to consume an outrageous amount of sodium. *sigh*
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Stay away from processed foods to keep your sodium in check. Also make sure to compare the labels of reduced fat foods. I started noticing that the difference in calories was minor but the difference in sodium can be alot. Low Fat cheese is a good example. I have no problem keeping my fat in check so I quite buying the low fat versions in many cases.

Not all people wtih High Blood Pressure have sodium induced HBP. But if you fall into that category, the recommend limiting to 1500mg which must be really tough to stick to.

Also keep your table salt to a bare minimum. A 1/4 teaspoon has 581mg or 1/4 of your daily total.
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I definitely watch my sodium...I actually just switched to a roast beef (taking some getting used to) from turkey for my daily sandwich (I know...lunch meats aren't great...but mine are fresh, not pre-packaged from Boar's Head)...the roast beef has only 80mg. of sodium/2oz versus my lowest sodium turkey had about 360mg...big difference there! I'd much rather not enjoy turkey in order to reduce my sodium intake.
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