I read food literature like I eat, every piece of information I can get my hands on I do! From magazine articles (I’m a magazine FREAK), to books of all kinds, and everything and anything food related on-line, this year I went back to school to learn more about nutrition. I only have one course under my belt, but I will be back again in the fall. A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of Michael Moss, Salt Sugar Fat. I’m almost done the book yesterday evening I started the last section, SALT. Throughout the whole book I have been horrified with what I have been reading but not surprised. Until last night. GOTTA LOVE INSOMNIA, at 3am I came across a passage about the Hungry Man convenient dinners and how they have 3 days worth of sodium in one meal! REALLY!?! I was once in TOPS supermarket in the USA and watched a man in front of me unload about a weeks worth of these dinners. All I thought at that time was, oh poor thing, single and you can’t cook. Now it would take all my will not to inform him he is eating his way directly to a hospital bed! I’m not a DR. nor do I have any background to offer advice but a little common sense goes a long way with food. If it doesn’t grow in the ground or you can’t pronounce or don’t know what is on the ingredient list, then it’s NOT FOOD. I digress back to salt.
The Canadian standard for healthy adults is 1,500 mg day. Not people who are obese, or with high-blood pressure, healthy people. According to My Fitness Pal a Hungry-Man – Roasted White Meat Turkey Dinner (1 package or serving but I couldn’t see how many grams that represented) has 1,570 mg of sodium. The is more than a whole days worth in one meal. This however does not show all the additional sodium from the additives. This freaks me out! How can corporations be responsible corporate citizens when they are killing their own supply chain (the consumer) to make profits. I would think that you want your consumers to support you for as long as possible, that means not killing them off with heat attacks at 50 years of age.
That is all I have to say about that! Grrrrrrrr