Eating healthier has been a long-time trend for Canadians, but lowering sodium is particularly important for we moms. Women are at risk for heart disease and heart attacks, just like men. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death among women over 65, and North American women are 4 to 6 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer.
Limiting dietary sodium intake helps in the prevention of high blood pressure, which in turn substantially decreases the risk of developing heart disease or stroke, so it only makes sense that we all try to decrease our salt intake.
The United Kingdom Food Standards Agency has recently set a goal of decreasing the average person’s daily salt intake to 6g (about one teaspoon) and a number of industry retailers and manufacturers are working hard to help with this endeavour.
Soup is one of those great comfort foods at this time of year; easy to put on a lunch menu, and handy to pop in a lunch bag when you’re on-the-go. Recently I found out that Campbell’s Soup is now serving the equivalent of 30 million fewer teaspoons of salt in their soups than just five years ago.
I tested them out in my own lunch last week and particularly enjoyed the Hearty Spiced Lentil. These soups are served up in handy ready-to-go microwaveable and recyclable bowls and are ready to eat in less than two minutes. They’re easy on the wallet, too, costing just under $3 each.
So, with the cooler weather coming in, be kind to yourself and to your heart.