Thursday, October 18, 2007

Read Those Labels

Every article you read about health and nutrition stresses that you read the labels, so you know exactly what's in your food.

What if that's not good enough?

I found this disturbing article about the mislabeling of fresh poultry. This incorrect info can mean you're ingesting 300 more milligrams of sodium per serving than you think.

Congress has just sent a strongly-worded letter to the head of the USDA to stop these practices immediately. I sure hope so.

Read more about this here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Soup Is Good Food

It's getting colder and for me, that means it's time for soup.

Canned soups are out of the question. Even many lower sodium soups still have more than 500mg per cup and they don't particularly taste good.

Here's one of my family's favorite. It's Bob's Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix.

It's so easy to make and it's incredibly delish, hearty and most importantly, low in sodium. It's 28 mg per half cup serving.

All you do is add one part mix, to four parts liquid. I add some fresh chopped onions, sliced carrots and Wyler's no-salt bouillion, chicken or beef flavor. Just bring it to a boil and lower the heat and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally until all of the ingredients are soft.

My mom used to make something similar with a big piece of flanken, but the way I make it you don't even need the meat.

Hope you'll give it a try. I love dishes where you just put everything in one pot.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Shake It

Here's another excellent article that makes a compelling argument to shake that salt habit.

Always on the lookout for no or low salt products, here's a recent discovery:

Tastes great and clocks in at a mere 10 mg of sodium per slice. Considering a recent perusal at the bread aisle showed many breads at 220 mg per, this Alvarado bread is a winner. It's delish, especially toasted.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Spreading the word

Read this recent article in the Chicago Tribue about how dangerous salt really is.

What people don't realize is, even if you're healthy you're probably consuming way too much sodium daily. The article highlights problems in addition to hypertension that salt is responsible for. It's a great wake-up call and I wish enough people would hear it.

I just hope more stories like this come out and more mainstream companies work hard to manufacture low sodium items that are available to a wider market.