High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke. I have to be honest. These are not on my list of “things to worry about regarding my children”. And that list is long. Trust me, I’m really good at making lists.
Apparently, exposure to salt impacts our affinity for it. In other words, we only crave it because we got our hands on it in the first place. But how do I keep those little hands away from the worst offenders? According to a new list issued by the CDC, the top ten sources for salt in the American diet plays out something like this:
1. Bread – seriously? Bread?! How? Why?…
2. Cold cuts
4. Fresh and processed poultry
6. Fast food hamburgers, sandwiches
10. Potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn
Apparently, “breads and rolls aren’t really saltier than many of the other foods, but people tend to eat a lot of them, said Mary Cogswell, a CDC senior scientist who co-authored the report.” They account for 7% of the sodium we consume. Put in that context, it starts to make sense to me. I only have to look back at lunch yesterday to remember the beautiful basket of bread that arrived before the meal. Did I mention the meal was pizza? Hmmm. Maybe we’ll have some homemade soup with a side of hummus and veggies for lunch today.