Hard cider is not a modern invention, but in recent decades it has seen a rise in popularity. Cider’s nutritional qualities can be debated, but what is the sodium content in this tasty sparkling drink?
How salty is bacon? This seems like a silly quesiton. Yeah, pretty salty. And an average American eats 18 pounds of bacon every year. One slice at a time… But what are the actual numbers and the overall impact of bacon on your health?
It is often said that humans are not meant to drink cow’s milk. Hence the ever rising number of people who display various degrees of lactose intolerance. Aside from that, is milk a good thing when considered from the point of view of a low sodium diet?
Taste is a subjective thing, of course, but I have always felt that tomatoes had a slight hint of saltiness to them. Do they actually have more sodium than other vegetables?
Beer is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks known to mankind. It is also the third most popular drink after water and tea worldwide. No surprise that health concerns about such a popular product are an important issue of research and debate. Is sodium level in beer something to worry about?
I remember discussing various low sodium options with my health practitioner and asking her whether drinking juices would be a good practice. I was mostly thinking about orange juice, a common thing to have for breakfast. But the thing is, I really like most juices and I was just looking for an excuse to buy them and drink them more often. Well, the doctor shook her head and said that juices tend to be a little high in sodium. Well, anybody who knows anything about the food industry will tell you that sodium is added whenever possible. This means that even though fruits and vegetables are known for their low sodium content their heavily processed versions are not so health conscious. Therefore, discretion must be exercised by us, folks with high blood pressure. So, I had to do my own research and the results are actually somewhat encouraging. Although some juice beverages (tomato juice, for example) have a reputation for having too much sodium the overall picture is not so bad. Here is a graph with some numbers for a few popular drinks (based on USDA data).
In a popular TV series “Once upon a time,” Rumplestiltskin (a.k.a. Mr. Gold) profoundly declares that condiments are this world’s magic (he is speaking, of course, about our world, so famous for its lack of magic). Also, on a number of occasions, the same character insists that magic always comes with a price. Well, here is the price list for this magic, if you will. Below you can find the most popular condiments and their sodium levels. Perhaps this will help someone to meet their goals in terms of reducing their sodium intake. Condiments are tricky, of course.