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  • Wednesday's Wake Up Call!: Sodium is everywhere

  • Recently the CDC reported that 90 percent of Americans eat more sodium than recommended. And, it reported that the top sources of sodium in our diets were from seemingly unexpected sources, such as breads, pasta and poultry.

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  • Recently the CDC reported that 90 percent of Americans eat more sodium than recommended. And, it reported that the top sources of sodium in our diets were from seemingly unexpected sources, such as breads, pasta and poultry.
    Ways to help readers make sense of this story:
    -- If sandwiches, meats and cheeses, and pizza are considered too sodium-dense, what am I supposed to eat? Ask local nutritionists and chefs to recommend healthy options. Do area weight-loss groups such as Weight Watchers chapters have tips? Ask physicians about the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet plan -- participants can eat foods like pastas and poultry, but they are encouraged to look for low-sodium sauces and cheeses. What other guidelines can DASH offer readers?
    -- Remind readers why sodium is bad -- it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. But, a low-sodium diet is only one precaution readers can take against these diseases. Exercise, quitting smoking and getting regular screenings help, says the Mayo Clinic. List low-cost fitness options in your area, smoking cessation resources, and low-cost or free screening options for families or seniors. More are likely available now because February is American Heart Month.
    -- Prepackaged and fast foods are a big sodium culprit. But who has time to make homemade anymore? Ask readers for ways they sneak in time for food preparation during the week, perhaps with batch cooking or meal planning. The CDC recommends buying more low-sodium foods, requesting low-sodium options when dining out, and eating more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables to help limit sodium intake.

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