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Mission Void,

I too was GROSSED out last week by 2 "prepared food" choices. I had a can of Wolfgang Puck tortilla soup for lunch (15 ounces-2 servings, yaaah RIGHT?)....anyway the can was 2200 mg. of sodium and 300 calories. Dinner was a Hungry Man's Dinner (for about 600 calories)...BUT 1900 mg. sodium.
I'm a big guy and eat well over 2000 calories a day and can lose weight (and DO) on 2200...so the 900 calories yielding over 4 grams sodium was beyond the pale. TWICE the days upper limit of salt with HALF my food!

I'm a good cook and my prepared meals arre always low salt...but it gripes me that I can't have convenience in the 21st century without blowing my kidneys. I just don;t have the time to cook everything from scratch. That crap they sell as "low salt" is awful...and why it costs a PREMIUM PRICE to NOT put something in baffles (and angers) me! It seems geared to get to to eat the stuff with "some taste"

Anyhoo, with the OTHER items that day adding lesser but still way too much sodium I gained 5 pounds overnight....all water, but OHHH my BP spike was awful as well.

Yep, water is a diuretic....extra water will help blow the salt out. Be caureful to get potassium and magnesium if you go this route. I need to use a diuretic....or cut the salt!

My lesson: No more Wolfgang Puck!

ps....The safe minimum for sodium consumption for someone over 18 is quoted at 500 mg./day. In past times, far from the ocean, I'm sure many tribes survived on MUCH less. (Potassium safe minimum is 2000 mg.)

I've started calling the manufacturers with 800 numbers to complain about the dangerous levels of sodium in their products!
Quote from zip2play:
Mission Void,

I too was GROSSED out last week by 2 "prepared food" choices. I had a can of Wolfgang Puck tortilla soup for lunch (15 ounces-2 servings, yaaah RIGHT?)....anyway the can was 2200 mg. of sodium and 300 calories. Dinner was a Hungry Man's Dinner (for about 600 calories)...BUT 1900 mg. sodium.
I'm a big guy and eat well over 2000 calories a day and can lose weight (and DO) on 2200...so the 900 calories yielding over 4 grams sodium was beyond the pale. TWICE the days upper limit of salt with HALF my food!

I'm a good cook and my prepared meals arre always low salt...but it gripes me that I can't have convenience in the 21st century without blowing my kidneys. I just don;t have the time to cook everything from scratch. That crap they sell as "low salt" is awful...and why it costs a PREMIUM PRICE to NOT put something in baffles (and angers) me! It seems geared to get to to eat the stuff with "some taste"

Anyhoo, with the OTHER items that day adding lesser but still way too much sodium I gained 5 pounds overnight....all water, but OHHH my BP spike was awful as well.

Yep, water is a diuretic....extra water will help blow the salt out. Be caureful to get potassium and magnesium if you go this route. I need to use a diuretic....or cut the salt!

My lesson: No more Wolfgang Puck!

ps....The safe minimum for sodium consumption for someone over 18 is quoted at 500 mg./day. In past times, far from the ocean, I'm sure many tribes survived on MUCH less. (Potassium safe minimum is 2000 mg.)
I've started calling the manufacturers with 800 numbers to complain about the dangerous levels of sodium in their products!
Zip2play, I agree with you about the sodium being way too high in some of those foods. Many people don't realize, keep up with it, or they don't care what it is. In this day and time maunufacturers need to come up with say a 50% less sodium than before product AND have it taste as good. And of course we (consumers) can buy salt that IS 50% less sodium than regular salt. And it tastes just fine too. Maybe more expensive, but I think we need a choice. By the way, put my name on that 800 number. Dangerous is not too far from the truth, maybe right on. Good luck with it. If you do this then let me know what they say. Lets get them on the spot. :D MV