Although there's some controversy over how much sodium is too much in a healthy diet, there's no much doubt that most of us eat a lot of salt without even realizing it. And that big Thanksgiving meal you're eating tomorrow? Well, according to nutritionists, it may contain upwards of 2,000 milligrams of sodium, which is more than you're supposed to have in a whole day, let alone one meal. How is that possible? Well, just do the math...
Sodium Counts of Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes (Per Serving)
Green Bean Casserole: 600 milligrams of sodium (add another 350 calories if the beans are canned)
Stuffing: 600 milligrams of sodium
Turkey: 320 milligrams of sodium (most commercial birds are injected with a salt solution)
Pumpkin pie: 350 milligrams of sodium
Gravy: 270 milligrams of sodium
Mashed Potatoes: 400 milligrams of sodium (may be more with cheese or sour cream)
Dinner Roll: 130 milligrams of sodium
Want to cut down on how much sodium you get this Thanksgiving? Make as much as you can from scratch where you can better control how much salt goes in each dish!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.