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Sodium is the New Trans Fat (“7 Nutrition Trends in 2010”)

Looking at our recent blog “7 Nutrition Trends in 2010,” sodium is going to be the next item that will
incur the wrath of the health community. Since the average American consumes more than two or three
times the recommended amount of sodium, we’ve set ourselves up for a long battle.

One of the hardest places to control your sodium intake is when eating out. Since you have less control
over ingredients, and since many restaurants can be quite liberal with the salt usage, you have
to watch what you’re eating, especially if you suffer from hypertension or other heart diseases.

But all is not lost. There are a few ways to keep your social eating life intact, while maintaining the
healthy balance you need when it comes to your sodium. First, check to see if the menu has “Heart
Healthy” choices on the menu. These usually indicate plates that are low in sodium.

If there’s a lack of “Heart Healthy” choices, don’t fret. Here are a few tips:

If you’re with a friend or spouse, split the entrée. Portion sizes have gotten out of control, so this way
you get your allotted portion and helps keep your sodium intake lower.

Make your side order full of fresh or steamed veggies instead of fries or onion rings.

Choose a tasty appetizer as your main course instead of an entrée. This helps again with portion control
and sodium intake together.

There are more tips where that came from in “The DASH Diet Action Plan,” a resource for anyone
looking to lose weight, and to keep their heart healthy.

“The DASH Diet Action Plan” can be found in our catalog or online by searching for item #3732.

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Simplicity is the New Sophistication (“7 Nutrition Trends of 2010”)

Looking at one of the recent “7 Nutrition Trends of 2010” we can see that the simpler things in life are
quickly becoming popular in a big way. With a populace turning away from ingredient lists that would
make a chemist blush, and looking for simpler, less obtrusive packaging, we can expect meals to look
more natural and healthier for those eating them.

So how do you find simpler foods? It’s all in the food label. Knowing how to properly read a food label is
a key ingredient in making good food choices, and understanding just what choices you’re making.

Things like serving sizes and servings per container can be awfully surprising when you take a closer
look. Just how many servings are you drinking when you drink that 20 oz bottle of soda? That’s right,
you’ve just doubled every number on that food label, and that’s not a good thing. Knowing your servings
is a big deal.

Listing all the nutrients (or sometimes lack thereof) is helpful, but keep in mind that percentages come
in big here. All the numbers are based on a 2000 calorie diet, so you might have to alter those numbers
if your diet is slightly different than that.

The ingredients list can be one of the most intimidating factors on the food label. Trying to stay away
from added sugars and sodium is hard when you can’t possibly memorize all of the different types there
are.

Grabbing a handout that covers food label basics can go a long way towards finding simplicity in your
diet. If it looks anything like our “Breaking Down the Food Label” handout, then it’ll probably help out a
lot. Get a closer look here! http://www.ncescatalog.com/shopexd.asp?id=536&bc=no