Over the next week I will be sharing “true or false” health questions. Let me know what you think! These came from O Magazine and I thought you would find them interesting and informative!
“For each pair of breakfast foods, circle the option with less sodium per serving.”
Cornflakes or shredded wheat ___
Greek yogurt or cottage cheese___
Whole wheat toast or a bagel
Answer: Shredded wheat, Greek yogurt, and whole wheat toast all contain significantly less sodium per serving than the other options. Why should you care? Americans consume more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day on average far above the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams and nearly double its ideal limit of 1,500. “All that sodium can raise blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease,” explains Cheryl Anderson, PhD, an associate professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Try to eat mostly fresh food, and always check labels. Choosing foods that contain only one milligram of sodium per calorie or less- no more than 100 milligrams in a 100- calorie food, for example- can help you stay within healthy limits, say Anderson.