Friday, December 12, 2008

Be Careful of the Hidden Salt

I have to thank the Mommanator for this one. Americans consume more salt than they should be! This is especially important for those suffering from Hypertension, or High Blood Pressure. A patient with high blood pressure should limit sodium intake to less than 1500 mg. Your doctor may have set limits far below 1500 mg for you personally, making it even more important for you to know where to look for unexpected salt.
Salt is hidden in many different foods, some that you might find surprising. Here are a few of the surprising supermarket staples that you should watch out for. You can read the full report at

Twizzlers Black Licorice Twists. Four strands have 200 mg. Strangely, four strands of Twizzlers Strawberry Licorice only have 115 mg.
Prego Heart Smart Traditional Italian Sauce. An American Heart Association logo on the label means that saturated fat and cholesterol are restricted, but not that sodium is super-low. This sauce has 430 mg per half-cup.
Aunt Jemima Original Pancake and Waffle Mix. Prepared as directed, each pancake has roughly 200 mg of sodium.
Heart Healthy V8 vegetable juice. Just one cup has 480 mg.
Some fast-food fare that might appear to be healthy also has surprisingly high levels of sodium. McDonald's Premium Caesar Salad with grilled chicken, for example, has 890 mg, without dressing. Compare that to 350 mg in a large order of fries

I suggest you click on this link and take the sodium quiz. You'll find it interesting.

Monday, December 8, 2008

If You Do, Don't...If You Don't, Don't Start

What can I say? NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM SMOKING! There are NO safe cigarettes! There are NO safe methods of smoking! It only brings sickness! ("Oh but my Dad smoked for years and he lived to be 85." Russian Roulette doesn't kill everyone either)!

New Year's resolutions will soon be made. Some will be kept, some not. If you smoke, make 2009 the year you stop! Whatever it takes! Doctors, patches, gum, hypnosis! Just GIVE IT UP!