Hello Loyal Soup People! This week I’d like to focus on sodium. I know there have been some conflicting reports about whether or not it is truly bad for us. However, I just read about some research published that links higher sodium intake to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
According to the research presented to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, there was a 43 percent increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes for every extra gram of sodium consumed. Personally, I had never associated sodium with diabetes, but this research shows there is definitely a link!
To put things in perspective, every 2.5 grams of salt contains one gram of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends that we consume no more than 2.3 grams of sodium every day (about 1 teaspoon!).
This is just another point in a long list of reasons to stay away from highly processed, salty foods. Chips, pretzels, canned goods, etc. – these are all foods that are loaded with added sodium. Sweet potatoes, carrots, apples… enjoy with gusto! No sodium risk with fresh fruits and vegetables!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!