There's been a lot of talk about sodium lately. In fact, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is considering stepping in and forcing food makers to cut back on the amount of sodium they add to their products.
As the registered dietitian for Diet-to-Go, I am pleased to report that our Balance menu and vegetarian menu continue to meet the recommended guidelines for sodium.
By most standards, Americans are urged to limit their daily intake of sodium to 2,400 milligrams - about one teaspoon.
On average, you'll get less than 2,400mg of sodium per day with your Diet-to-Go low-fat and vegetarian fare.
Sadly, the majority of Americans eat a diet that contains 3,000-4,000mg of sodium per day.
Please note that Diet-to-Go does not add sodium to its food. Nor do we stir in any other preservatives. The sodium that is in your meals comes from the sodium that's naturally present in the foods and ingredients we use to craft your delicious meals.
It's a good thing to be watchful of the amount of sodium you are consuming, but you can rest easy knowing your sodium intake will be within the recommended guidelines if you consume Diet-to-Go meals.
We recently upgraded our low fat and vegetarian menus to remove higher-sodium foods and replace them with even healthier choices. Our chefs are constantly looking for ways to remove more fat and sodium while adding in flavor.
It's important to note that your body does indeed need some sodium to operate efficiently.
According to the Mayo Clinic, "Sodium helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body, helps transmit nerve impulses, and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Too much sodium, though, can be harmful. Most sodium in your diet comes from eating processed and prepared foods, such as canned vegetables, soups, luncheon meats and frozen foods."
Author: John McGran