Are restaurants sabotaging your healthy eating with too much sodium?

Eating at a restaurant can put you way over the healthy amount of sodium per day.
Eating at a restaurant can put you way over the healthy amount of sodium per day.

Committing yourself to a eating well and healthy living is a terrific lifestyle change that will positively impact you in a variety of ways. Along with taking garcinia cambogia, opting for nutritious, well-balanced meals is a great method  for sticking to a weight loss plan, have more energy and just feel better overall.

While preparing food at home is an excellent means of ensuring you know what's in each meal and how good it is for you, what happens when you go out to eat at a restaurant?

Often people question how much sugar, fat or carbs are in a meal to determine how good it is for them. But what about sodium? Salt is another saboteur that often slips under the radar.

According to CNN, the suggested daily intake of sodium is 2,300 milligrams, or 1,500 for people over the age of 50, who are African American or suffer from kidney disease, diabetes or hypertension. Unfortunately, though fast food can be an easy option, it can lead to you eat around 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day.

Rima Kleiner, a nutritionist in Virginia, told the source that fast food wouldn't destroy anyone's diet if it's eaten on occasion, but that people should limit their sodium intake, generally speaking.

Eating in vs. dining out
When you're cooking at home or prepping meals for the week, it's easy to control how much salt you add, but when you dine at a restaurant - whether it's fast food or sit down - you're at the whim of the chefs preparing your dishes.

CNN said that most of the sodium intake in the U.S. is from processed and restaurant food items, and Americans eat out approximately five times a week, on average. So it's worth knowing that fast food items contain about 1,850 milligrams per 1,000 calories, and at sit-down places there's almost 2,100 milligrams per 1,000 calories. If you are dining out, here are some suggestions to keep the sodium intake to a minimum, and ensure you're on a healthy eating track:

Panera Bread: Instead of the 800-calorie smoked turkey BLT with 2,800 milligrams of sodium, try the whole roasted turkey artichoke panini on Asiago focaccia for 780 calories and 1,190 milligrams.

Dunkin Donuts: Sometimes you're running late in the morning and need to swing by the doughnut shop for breakfast. Instead of the salt babel with 3,350 milligrams of sodium at 310 calories, try the cinnamon raisin bagel for 320 calories and 500 milligrams of sodium.

Chipotle: Craving Mexican food? Instead of Chipotle's build-your-own burrito, which can rack up 1,185 calories with 670 milligrams of sodium, opt for a burrito bowl, which brings the sodium down to 920 milligrams and calories down to 385.

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