The Benefits Of Eating Low Sodium
More people than ever are being cautious about what they consume, and at Don’s Smokehouse we think that is a great idea. We understand from our own family experience just how important healthy choices in foods can be.
Too often the public assumes that all types of meats, including jerky and sausage, are high in sodium and MSG. The fact is we don’t use any MSG in our products. We also have reduced the sodium content in our meats to 6%, which is down dramatically from other companies where the sodium levels are often in excess of 37%.
To understand the benefits of eating a low sodium diet, let’s take a closer look at what sodium does in the human body. This will help explain why we have chosen to rework our recipes to cut down on sodium without cutting out the flavor and taste you love.
The Effects of Sodium
Eating a high sodium diet, which anyone eating processed foods or eating out on a regular basis is doing, will negatively impact your health. It is important to keep your sodium intake to not more than 2,000 mg per day for an adult.
Just for reference a Big Mac, without the fries, contains 1007 mg of sodium, which is over half the daily allowance. Adding a large fries adds another 160 mg of sodium, which can vary depending on how heavy they are with the salt. However, McDonalds is just an example, an extra crispy chicken breast from KFC is over 1000 mg of sodium us well.
The effects of eating more than 2000 mg of sodium per day include:
- Increased risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), which has no visible symptoms but is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
- Increased risk of osteoporosis as you age due to inhibited ability to uptake and utilize calcium in the body.
- Renal failure and kidney stones are more common when the body has too much calcium and sodium. This, combined with higher blood pressure, can put an extreme strain on the renal system.
- Swelling of the legs and ankles and feet. With high levels of sodium intake, the blood vessels begin to leak and allow fluids to pool in the lower parts of your body.
- Dehydration is common when people eat high sodium diets. You may find you are thirsty all the time. If you are drinking some sodas and popular beverages you may be taking in more sodium, adding to the risk of dehydration.
By choosing foods prepared with minimal amounts of sodium, and limiting the consumption of processed foods high in sodium, you can avoid these risks. This is the benefit of a low sodium diet and allows your body to function more effectively.
At Don’s Smokehouse, we value our health as well as yours. With just a bit of tweaking, we have changed our foods to reflect a healthier, low-sodium diet we know just makes good sense.