Only a few weeks ago, I was talking to somebody about
my high blood pressure, watching my diet and said, "I don't eat salt." What I meant was, "I never put salt on my food," which I thought meant, "I don't eat salt." She said, in effect, "Oh, yeah?" She went to my food cabinet which was proudly filled with canned and boxed food, and began pulling them off the shelves one by one.
(Before reducing my salt the last few weeks, my blood pressure readings were typically in the 130s top number, in the 80s bottom number.
(With reduced salt in the last few weeks, my last 2 readings were 118 and 110 (over 73). Normal is 120/80 and below.
(I don't even how to discuss that.
(This woman told me she had gotten off her blood pressure pill. She cooks basically all of her food from scratch. But still, she got off of her blood pressure pill. I thought reducing your blood pressure readings was for other people.)
What I've learned is, frozen food, not canned.(If you eat canned veggies, look for no salt type.) Fresh food (veggies, meat, etc.) better even than frozen, although some frozen (veggies) is very low in salt. But frozen fish/meat food is high in salt. Best to get fresh meat.) Check the back of the veggie bags.
Also, as a bipolar, I take Lithium as a stabilizer (along with Mirtazapine anti-depressant). So, the Lithium alone is nothing but salt, which can really hurt the kidneys. They're always checking my lithium level to make sure I'm not getting too much salt. Lowering the salt in my diet will be a tremendous help since I take Lithium (salt).
Pointing to the "sodium" content only, this is what she showed the guy who has high blood pressure (Valsartan), who honestly thought he was eating no salt, was being as healthy as possible, by putting no salt on his food.
1. Beef stew, 970 mg of sodium, (40% daily value), if you only eat 1 cup.
2. Brunswick stew, 750 mg sodium, (31% daily value) 1 cup
3. Chicken and Dumplings, 1,040 mg of sodium, (43 daily value) 1 cup
4. Corn beef hash, 970 mg of sodium, (40% daily value) (serving size 1 cup, entire can is about
2 cups. I now cut down the helping to about
1/4th of a can. So, if half can serving is 970 mg., 1/4th of a can is about
450 mg. That's still pretty high.)
5. Spam, 580 mg of sodium, (25% daily value) if you only eat 1/6th of the 12 ounce can. Most people eat twice that much.
6. canned peas 380 mg., (17%) 1/2 cup
7. (no salt added) canned peas (only 15mg, not the above 380 mg. for salted canned peas, (1%)
8. canned green beans, 380 mg (17%) 1/2 cup
9. frozen (not canned) lima beans, 230 mg of sodium (not 380 as with canned) (10%)
10. frozen (not canned) Kroger Mixed Vegetables, 10 mg sodium (not 380 mg as with canned green beans) (0% daily value)
11. frozen broccoli (not canned), 25mg sodium (not 380 mg as with canned green beans) (1% daily value)
12. frozen Gordons fish fillets 650 mg .of sodium (27% daily value) (So fresh fish/meat better than frozen.)
13. frozen chicken nuggetts (5) 540 mg of sodium (23% daily value)
14. frozen curly fries, 390 mg of sodium, 1 1/4 cups (16% daily value)
15. Campbell's tomato soup, 480 mg. of sodium, (20% daily value) 1/2 cup serving
16. Split Pea with bacon soup,, 790 mg (34% daily value)
17. Vegetable Beef soup, 790mg, (34% daily value)
18. Cream of Potato soup, 760 mg (32%)
19. Campbell's "Well Yes!" lightly salted tomato soup (290 mg , not 480 mg as above), (13%)
20. Campbell's "Well Yes!" lightly salted vegetable soup 290 mg (13%)
21. Au Gratin potatoes (boxed) 450 mg (19%) (but only if you eat 1/5th of the box. Eat 1/3rd, and you're in the 700 mg range.)
22. Rice: Knorr's Rice Sides (fancy rice), 630 mg, (27%)
23. compare that with, regular brown rice, not fancy: 0 sodium, 0% daily value)
24. Cornbread type Stuffing Mix (boxed), 350 mg
25. Mashed potatoes (boxed) 500 mg
26. Snacks: Nabisco Easy Cheese squirt can, 2 tablespoons, 450 mg sodium (20% daily value)
27. Hummus spread for crackers, bread, 95 mg. sodium, (4% daily value) (hummus found in with dairy near cottage cheese)
28. Peanut Butter, 115 mg sdoium, 2 tablespoons,(5 %)
29. Lance whole grain sandwich, 6 crackers with cheese, 390 mg sodium, (17% daily value)
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 6/19/2019 7:17:06 PM (GMT-6)