Sodium can be sneaky
It’s not too surprising that the average Australian eats double the amount of sodium they should considering the many sneaky sources of sodium. And more than half of the sodium people eat comes from food bought in stores, according to the Department of Health. Double-check the labels on these foods that can be surprising sources of sodium.
Cottage cheese with fruit is an old lunchtime favourite, packed with protein and calcium. But if you’re aiming to lower your sodium, you might want to skip these creamy curds, as they’re actually high in sodium. Even low-fat cottage cheese can have about 400 mg of sodium per half-cup. For a tasty substitute, try Greek yoghurt, instead. You’ll get more protein, calcium, and as a bonus, some good-for-your-gut probiotics. Most plain Greek yoghurts weigh in at around 70 mg of sodium per half-cup.
Instant oatmeal is a popular option for the morning rush, especially in winter. Just add hot water and you have a warm and nutritious bowl of goodness, right? Not necessarily, says dietitian, Paul Salter. “Spend an extra couple of minutes each morning with a serving of old-fashioned oats rather than relying on instant oatmeal,” Salter says. Instant porridge can have as much as 200 mg per serving compared to plain oats, which can contain 0 mg of sodium. If plain porridge sounds blah, try topping it with berries, Greek yoghurt, and cinnamon.