Drs. Oz & Roizen’s Tip of the Day: Shake the salt off your popcorn

March 3, 2014 

Moviegoers love a good secret. There are more than 200 movies with the word “Secret” in the title — including, we kid you not, “The Secret Lives of Dentists” and “The Secret of the Ooze.”

But Secret Salt hidden in food at the concession stand and on store shelves, well, that can knock you off your feet.

A new survey from Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic shows how much we don’t know about secret sodium sources (hint: they’re most often found in prepared foods). Today’s top 10? Numero uno is bread, and three-quarters of you told the clinic’s researchers you had no idea it was in there. The list continues with cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes and snacks.

Why does this matter? Chances are, like most North Americans, you take in around 3,300 mg of sodium a day. But anyone with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or kidney problems — that’s 60 percent of you — should have only 1,500 mg. And for some with salt-sensitive high blood pressure (thank heavens it’s less than 0.5 percent of you), excess intake of sodium is deadly. To avoid salt bombs, prepare fresh foods so you control the saltshaker and skip fast foods and packaged meals. For the rest of you, just cut back; the excess elevates blood pressure a little, which can promote heart disease and stroke. But you don’t need to be overly compulsive about cutting salt, just a little careful.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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