Thanksgiving may not be the best time to go on a diet, however, going easy on the salt will have a beneficiary effect on your blood pressure levels and overall well-being.
Doctors are suggesting preparing your meal with less sodium this Thanksgiving, since high sodium levels contribute to elevated blood pressure. A key to healthy eating is choosing foods lower in salt and sodium. Most Americans consume more salt than they need. Statistics show that one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.
The current recommendation is to consume less than 2.3 grams (2,300 milligrams) of sodium a day. Anyone in their 50s and older, or anyone suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease should are urged to eat only 1,500 mg of Sodium a day. Raw turkey may be naturally low in sodium, but a fully cooked bird has close to 640 mg of sodium per serving. Even a pumpkin pie contains about 350 mg of sodium per serving.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a plan to cut enough salt in processed foods in order to meet dietary guidelines. If sodium levels are reduced in the food supply, the nation’s high blood pressure epidemic will be greatly diminished.
Dr. Robin Ikeda, from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said in a meeting:
“Reducing sodium is important for nearly everyone.”
According to Vitals, Dr. Robin Ikeda is a board certified Preventive medicine specialist who completed her MD at the Cornell University School of Medicine in 1986.