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Are You Poisoning Your Body?

This ingredient is like a diet related death sentence…

Sound scary?

It can be.  In fact, it is the single biggest dietary risk factor that causes over 100,000 deaths each year!

A study published in April 2009 looked at preventable causes of death in the US…

…and high salt intake accounted for more preventable deaths than any other dietary factor (approximately 102,000).  Coming in a close second and third were low omega-3 fat intake and high trans fat intakes, respectively.

Worse than the normally demonized trans fat (not that that’s a good option either)!

In fact, a report from the American Heart Association suggested for every 1200 mg daily decrease in sodium, there would be 6 % fewer cases of new heart disease, 8 % fewer heart attacks, and 3 % fewer deaths!

That’s insane.

Currently Americans double the sodium intake recommendation each day …

So let’s take a look at "Mohr Results Most Wanted Foods" — foods that blow the daily sodium recommendations off the charts.

You know what they all are?  Restaurant foods — the more you eat at home, the better off you will be, because chefs are often taught sodium = flavor.

The 1st offender:

  • Red Lobster Admirals’ Feast with Caesar Salad, Creamy Lobster Topped Mashed Potato, Cheddar Bay Biscuit, and a Lemonade: 7,106 mg (sodium, more than

The 2nd offender on our "most wanted" tour of horrible options:

  • Olive Garden Chicken Parmigiana with a Breadstick, Garden Fresh Salad with House Dressing, and Raspberry Lemonade: 5,735 mg sodium (more than double the daily recommendation)

The 3rd offender on our "most wanted" food poisins:

  •  Pizza Hut Meat Lovers Pizza (2 slices) — 1660 mg of sodium (JUST two slices)

The easiest ways to reduce sodium is to eat out less often, eat less processed and less canned  foods.  Packaged foods, canned foods, fast food…are all loaded with sodium.

Canned soups, for example, can have more than half a days salt in just 1 serving.

So fresh foods win again.  Surprise, surprise.

Here’s another trick – replace the salt in your salt shaker at home with kosher salt (or take it off the table completely).  Because kosher salt is bigger, it won’t come out as quickly from your salt shaker, so you’ll use less.

I mean, you don’t have to do any of this…only if you want to live longer. 

It’s really just the simple changes that make the biggest difference.


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2 Responses to Are You Poisoning Your Body?

  1. Terro September 3, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    Do you have a link to the study? There have been many studies discrediting the idea that sodium is linked to high blood pressure/heart disease in MOST people. One study suggested only 1 in 10 have BP sensitive to sodium intake.

    • Chris and Kara Mohr September 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

      Great question — here you go.

      Source: Public Library of Science Medicine Journal

      Vol. 6, April, 2009

      ‘The Preventable Causes of Death in the United States: Comparative Risk Assessment of Dietary, Lifestyle, and Metabolic Risk Factors’

      Authors: Goodarz Danaei, Eric L Ding, Dariush Mozaffarian, Ben Taylor, Jurgen Rehm, Christopher J L Murray, Majid Ezzati

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