The Skinny on Sodium: How Much is in Nutrisystem Foods?

Article posted in: FreshStart

Consuming too much sodium is considered a risk factor for a number of health conditions, including high blood pressure (hypertension). Given that high blood pressure is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease—it accounts for two-thirds of all strokes and half of all heart disease cases, it’s no wonder so many people are feeling salty about sodium.

The good news is, while the individual Nutrisystem meals and snacks vary in their sodium content, all of the Nutrisystem programs fall within the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) recommendation for the general adult population—2,300 milligrams or less of sodium daily. Considering that USDA reports indicate that the average American eats about 3,300 mg of sodium a day, Nutrisystem a great way to cut sodium while you lose weight.

The best part is, if you need (or want) to reduce your sodium intake even further, all you have to do is call one of our counselors at 1-800-585-5483. They are happy to help you customize an even lower sodium plan of 1,500 mg of sodium a day.

Need help shaking your salt habit? Try these seven simple tips:

1. Use fresh meats instead of packaged versions. Fresh cuts of beef, chicken or pork contain natural sodium, but the content is far less than the extra sodium added during processing in products like bacon or ham.
2. Swap salt for spices, herbs and salt-free seasonings when preparing foods.
3. Opt for fresh vegetables and beans in place of canned versions when shopping for Grocery Additions.
4. If you do opt for canned veggies or beans, opt for no- or low-sodium options, and rinse the foods thoroughly to wash off some of the salt.
5. When dining out, stay away from foods prepared with added salt (not sure which foods are extra salty? Don’t be afraid to ask your waiter!).
6. Prepare program add-ons (like spaghetti sauces or soups) from scratch so you can control the ingredients, or buy options that are no-salt-added or low sodium.
7. When purchasing frozen vegetables, choose options that don’t contain added seasoning or sauces.