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More About Diet

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

Here’s an important news alert for Americans and Canadians, especially persons with high blood pressure. A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) revealed that international fast-food chains consistently put more salt in food items sold in the United States and Canada, compared to the same items when sold in other developed nations.

Researchers determined the salt content of major fast-fare restaurant items in the U.S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The chains that were looked at in the study included Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Subway. The types of foods that were studied included burgers, sandwiches, french fries, pizza, savory breakfast items, chicken items and salads.

Overall, the researchers learned that the sodium content of comparable food items varied greatly from country to country, but that fast-food in the U.S. and Canada contained a lot more sodium than that in France and the U.K. An example provided by a CMAJ news release illustrates the findings: In Canada, a 3-1/2 ounce serving of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets had 2-1/2 times more sodium than the same size serving in the U.K. That’s 600 milligrams of sodium, compared to 240 milligrams — or 1.5 grams of salt compared to 0.6 grams. In summary, fast-food giants are selling the same products on the American continent and overseas, but with significantly lower sodium content abroad.

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Hold the Salt

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these great ideas for tasty alternatives to salt when preparing recipes:

  • Flavorful vinegars such as balsamic vinegar;
  • Citrus fruit juices;
  • Chopped raw onions;
  • Chopped fresh garlic; and
  • Salt-free herbs and spices.
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Salty Language

Monday, December 20th, 2010 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

The holiday season may not be the most accommodating time to get nutritional advice across, but dietary sodium doesn’t take a vacation from contributing to high blood pressure. So here’s a short-and-sweet, easy habit to start now and carry through into the new calendar year: To remove some of the excess salt, always drain and rinse your canned vegetables before preparing them.

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