SODIUM: MODERATION TASTES MUCH BETTER
Collaboration with St-Méthode Bakery
Sodium is vital to the body, it balances blood volume and contributes to the transmission of nerve impulses as well as muscle contraction. Sodium is also essential for athletes who practice endurance activities and must replace the electrolytes lost in sweat. However, most Canadians consume far too much! The Canadian population consumes nearly 2700 mg of sodium daily, while the tolerable upper intake level according to Health Canada is 2300 mg per day. Consuming too much sodium increases your risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, gastric cancer, kidney disease and osteoporosis.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not the salt shaker that contributes the most to our intake but rather processed and ultra-processed foods. Baked goods, cold meats, ready-to-eat foods in particular are often important sources of sodium.
Some tips for reducing your sodium intake:
- Cook more with fresh food
- Read the nutritional information table and look for products that provide 140 mg and less sodium
- Compare the products with each other, on the basis of identical weight, opting for the least rich in sodium
- Search the claims -sodium free- and -low sodium-
- Flavor your dishes with sodium-free spices and seasonings
My low sodium breakfast:
To start the day off right, enjoy a slice of Les Grains St-Méthode multigrain bread (70 mg of sodium) garnished with half an avocado and a poached egg sprinkled with pink pepper. This breakfast provides only 140 mg of sodium, or 6% of the maximum intake for the day.
Boulangerie St-Méthode has been working for several years to reduce the sodium content of their breads. Among the three product lines, 5 breads provide 140 mg of sodium per serving of 2 slices. They are all good options for meeting the limits recommended by Health Canada.
In summary :
- Sodium is vital for health
- Canadians consume too much sodium
- Sodium increases the risk of several chronic diseases
- Processed foods are the main source of sodium in our diet
- It's easy to reduce your sodium intake by cooking more and selecting better grocery products
- The St-Méthode Bakery offers several breads that provide 140 mg of sodium and less per serving of two slices
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