Avoiding Salty Restaurant Food

Grabbing a bite doesn’t mean you have to overdo sodium

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Do you ever wonder why restaurant food sometimes tastes better than what you make at home? It may be the salt.

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Cleveland Clinic registered dietician, Denise Cole, says there are certain restaurant foods that tend to have more sodium than others.

“Some red flags in restaurants for sodium would be things like soups. Restaurant soups tend to be very high in sodium. Then, if you start looking at your sauces, gravy and alfredo sauces, they make them taste good with salt.”  Cole  says. Salad dressings can be another salty culprit to avoid. Experts suggest tying lemon or vinegar on your salad instead. If you’re in the mood for Mexican, watch out for the tortilla chips, which can be high in salt.

Dietary guidelines recommend no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day for adults.

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So, if you’re watching your salt intake for medical reasons or just trying to maintain good health overall, look for simple menu items. “If you try to eat things that have fewer ingredients, you’re usually going to have less sodium.”

According to the American Dietetic Association, high sodium levels are linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. If you need to manage sodium in your diet, a registered dietician can help.

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