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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Sodium -- soup & beans
Date: August 17, 2007 at 9:07 am PST

In Reply to: Sodium -- soup & beans posted by Doug on August 17, 2007 at 8:13 am:

>>>Muir Glen Organic "Southwest Black Bean Soup," serving size
9.5 oz, 130 cal, 680 mg sodium. Far exceeds 1:1 ratio. Are only
homemade soups acceptable?

No. But I hope you are not saying that homemade soups is a bad
or unacceptable option.

>>How about a relatively low-salt soup like that as part of a
healthy meal?

??? Like what? Muir Glen is a high sodium soup. Its not even close.

Remember, the recommendation from the IOM is to stay under
1500 mgs/day and the Upper Limit is 2300/day.

Tabatchnick makes 3 varieties of Frozen soups that make all my
guidelines. Also, Health Valley makes some "no salt added" canned
soups.

However, making home made soup is very simple and you can
make up extra and have it around to very easily to eat or just
reheat. You make it sound like a "bad" thing.

>>Not sure what to think about canned beans. Label presumably
refers to entire contents, not drained & rinsed. E.g., Hanover
kidney beans, 1/2 cup, 110 calories, 450mg sodium. Would the
cited beans be OK, drained & rinsed, as part of a healthy meal? Of
course I could cook from scratch, but that is time consuming and
the canned no-salt beans taste "off" to me.

There are many varities of canned beans that have no salt, and
maybe you should try rinsing them very well and some of the many
varieties. I found them wonderful for most people. Humans are
great at adapting to many things, most of them bad for them. But
then they complain about adapting to things that are good for
them. I dont get "that".

In regard to "time consuming"... Dont let yourself be misled and
seduced by that beleif system that is not only wrong, but will kill
you.

I spend very little time and love everything I eat. But, yes, in the
beginning, you have to take the time and the effort to learn new
ways and find new products and how best to do this. But in return,
you get "more" life, more quality of life and more quantity of life
also.

And you, like all of us, are worth it.

In Health
Jeff

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