Kate Cornell was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in June of 2005. Since then, she has controlled diabetes through dietary changes, exercise, and, more recently, metformin. She shares her experiences and lessons learned here and on her blog, kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com, which was named as one of the top diabetes blogs for 2015 by Healthline.com.
We are constantly bombarded with a long list of dos and don’ts when it comes to our diet and our health. Do eat low fat. Don’t eat too much sugar. Watch your sodium intake.
Well, wait. A study, as reported in The New York Times, suggests that it’s possible to eat too little sodium.
The study says consuming less than 2,300 mg per day, the recommended amount, doesn’t carry any benefits and may actually cause harm.
Still, don't throw out paying attention to your sodium intake just yet. For many of us, there really isn’t much fear that we’ll start eating too little salt. The majority of people in the United States are eating at least twice as much sodium as they should.
And while many of us have removed the salt shaker from our table, most of the sodium we consume today comes from processed foods. It’s everywhere! I recently discovered that ¼ cup of Hunt’s no-salt-added tomato sauce contains over 400 mg of sodium! That’s 17 percent of the daily recommendation. (Here’s a tip: Check the off-brand variety. My store’s no-salt-added tomato sauce only has 20 mg per ¼ cup.)
If you regularly consume meals above that daily limit, or if you have high blood pressure, how do you reduce your sodium intake? Eat real food. Cooking our own meals that contain fresh foods will ensure that we’re eating less sodium and sugars. “If you eat more real food, not only are you healthier, but you probably don’t have to pay attention to how much salt you’re eating,” the article says.