you definitely can have too much of a good thing. Like snow. And inlaw visits. And Dancing With the Stars.
In the food world, that
thing is sodium. This mineral plays a critical role in a healthy diet and
maintains the correct balance of fluids in the body, but only in small doses.
Unfortunately, the average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of
sodium every day—easily 1,000 milligrams more than the absolute maximum amount
we ought to be taking in, and nearly 3,000 milligrams more than the amount our
bodies need to function normally!
Why is this so dangerous?
Well, for starters, a high-sodium diet can wreak havoc on your blood pressure,
increasing your risk of heart attack or stroke. And frighteningly, researchers
at the Scripps Research Institute found that the effects of sodium
over-consumption eerily resembled those of drug addiction—meaning that the more
we eat, the more we crave. That means salty foods tax you twice: They cause an
initial strain on your cardiovascular system, and by tempting you to eat more
salt-riddled calories, they hit you again around the waistline.
the question: How do you protect yourself from the dangers of sodium? Avoid the
salt shaker? Nope—the salt you add at the table has little effect on overall
sodium intake. The real culprit is restaurant food, which supplies a staggering
80 percent of the sodium in the American diet.
Every fall, the Eat This,
Not That! team scours restaurant menus looking for America's saltist foods—and
gives you the smartest ways to fight back and lose 10, 20, 30 pounds or more.
This year's list (below), from the new guide Eat This, Not That! 2012, includes a host of new menu items along with a couple of repeat
offenders. But they all have one thing in common: They're making America's
Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta
3,737 mg sodium
65 g fat
SODIUM EQUIVALENT: 10 Large Orders of McDonald’s French Fries
Congratulations, Ruby Tuesday! This dish makes our list for the second year in a row. How the chain manages to infuse a pasta dish with nearly two teaspoons of pure salt is beyond me. I just know that they're good at it. The chain makes only one pasta
dish with fewer than 2,000 mg of sodium (almost an entire day's worth!), and it
has only two pasta dishes with fewer than 3,000 mg. The other four pasta dishes
on the menu each have more than 3,000 mg.
Instead! Spaghetti Squash
Marinara 836 mg sodium
12 g fat
EAT RIGHT RULE: Avoid anything beige—be it chicken strips, french fries, or
fried catfish. If you don’t see color on your plate, you don’t have a healthy
meal. For more quick and easy ways to melt your belly fast,follow me right here on Twitter.