Even the most dedicated health nut likes to go out on the town and grab a bite at a good restaurant. But that’s often fraught with dietary land mines. Every patron is fighting a losing battle with all the salt that restaurants add to their cuisine.
According to the consumer watchdog group the Center for Science in the Public Interest, restaurants are increasing their customers’ chances of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke with all the salt they add to their food.
Among 10 popular chain restaurants examined, about 85 percent of the adult meals have more than the recommended daily sodium intake (which is >2,300 mg). Here are some examples given:
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WebMD wrote a very interesting article on its website discussing the problem our country has with consuming too much salt/sodium in our diets. The Center of Disease Control found that 70 percent of Americans are consuming 2.3 times the healthy amount of salt on a daily basis.
Why is this bad?
A high sodium diet is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke, which sadly can lead to death.
How does this happen?
When you eat salt, your blood pressure increases. When you consistently consume high amounts of salt, your blood pressure remains high and dramatically increases your risk of stroke and heart disease.
The shocking news.
A major contributor to this increase in salt consumption is not due to sprinkling salt from the shaker (obviously this adds to it), but studies show that most salt from our diet is from processed and manufactured foods.
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One of life’s epic struggles is eating vegetables. Having once had a limited list of vegetables I would eat, I now can’t imagine not having my refrigerator stocked with colorful produce. Whether it’s yourself or your kids, you simply have to start making yourself try different vegetables. Luckily, there are a variety of cooking and serving methods that can ease you in to eating more.
The thing is, like them or not, you can’t cut them out of your diet if you plan on eating healthily and/or losing weight. They are the most nutritious foods on Earth, and provide generous amounts of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. That’s why you want to eat a variety of vegetable colors in about 3-5 servings per day. A portion size of vegetables is about the size of a baseball.
This list from WebMD introduces 15 tips and tricks that will certainly convert veggie haters to veggie lovers.
- Hide veggies you kind of like in dishes you love. For example, add peppers or mushrooms to an omelet or layer fresh spinach leaves in lasagna.
- Add to soup. When making homemade soup, fill with your favorite veggies. Or, bolster the veggie content of reduced-sodium soups by adding more carrots, green beans or edamame.
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Are you looking for a magic pill to lose weight? If so, you will most likely be sadly disappointed. WebMD reports on results from 30 trials that show people who took prescription weight loss medications lose only a small portion of the weight they wanted to lose. Plus, many of the people don’t even stick with the drugs.
Supplements have their place, but too many people look at them as a be all, end all, instead of paying attention to the actual meaning of the word: Supplement… in addition to.