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Don't pass the salt: Thanksgiving vs. sodium

(WEAU) - With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be planning what to eat at this year's feast.

According the CDC about 90% of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet.

The U.S Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans should only eat about 1500 milligrams of salt a day, which is about a teaspoon.

However, most people eat about 3300 milligrams a day.

One dietician with sacred heart hospital to find out about which thanksgiving foods you might want to avoid.

"The foods that we really need to focus are the foods that have a lot of sodium added to it," said Susan Kasik-Miller, Clinical Dietitian with Sacred Heart Hospital.

Whether you plan on traveling to the in-laws or cooking at home for thanksgiving this year.

There's one ingredient that's loves to hide in your food, salt.

"Think about your relish tray, your pickles and olives will have sodium added to it, because when we pickle anything you add salt to it, you brine it somehow that helps preserve it," said Miller.

Susan says one of the worst things you can eat that has a lot of sodium is a can of vegetables.

Frozen vegetables surprising do not have a lot of sodium and either does celery or carrots that you may add to stuffing.

But stuffing has some other issues.

"A lot of people will add chicken broth to give it some moisture and to give it some flavor so look at if your using a low sodium chicken broth or are you using higher sodium one,” said Miller.

Even bread has salt in it to give it the right texture, so before you sit down to feast checks your food labels.

"First thing you always want to do is check the serving size because you want to make sure what you’re eating is actually what’s in the serving size."

“It will list the amount in milligrams and there's another number on the other side that's a percentage about 5 -10% is what it should be,” said Miller.

Avoiding high amounts of salt helps reduce risks of coronary heart disease, hypertension, and also kidney disease.

But resisting a delicious turkey dinner can be hard.

“If you’re going with a frozen turkey, which I think most people do. Look to see what’s been added to it as far as flavor enhancers or any kind of preservatives that have been injected into the bird," said Miller.


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