Take the Sodium Swap Challenge

US Nutritional Fact Label

US Nutritional Fact Label (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For three weeks beginning on January 7th, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is asking Americans to identify and track the Salty Six, that is foods they eat regularly that are filled with excess salt, which increases risk for heart disease and stroke. The  objective is to cap sodium intake at 1,500 milligrams daily.

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • For the first two days, familiarize yourself with food labels and nutrition facts for what you eat on a daily basis and track your sodium consumption.
  • For the rest of week one, limit your consumption of bread, rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, all of which are high in sodium.
  • In week two, the targets are pizza and poultry. Choose foods that contain more vegetables and less cheese or meat, e.g. a veggie pizza instead of pepperoni one. Poultry should be skinless and not processed or fried.
  • In week three, cut back the sodium in soups and sandwiches. That means less salt in your home-made and commercial stocks and soups and less layers of meat, cheese and condiments on your sandwich.

~ by chasm63 on January 8, 2013.

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