Monday, June 18, 2012

Why Don’t Heart Recipes Tell the Truth ?

For all of us with heart disease in our history, we have been told to be careful about our sodium intake.  Yet most ‘heart health’ cookbooks and recipes seem to ignore this advice.

The current average daily sodium intake for U.S. men is 3100mg to 4700mg; for women 2300mg to 3100mg.  The recommended amount is 1500mg to 2300mg.  Elsewhere in the world, the recommended intake is 1500mg unless you are over 65 years old. Then the amount is 1200mg.

I won’t even try a recipe that doesn’t give all of the nutrient values.  Sure, I can figure them out but why should I have to do that ?  Surely, the person developing the recipe for the heart-challenged must have these numbers, or else how could they think that their recipe is ‘heart-health’.  So, why don’t they tell us ?

For us, these numbers are a matter of life and death.  Not today. Not tomorrow. But sooner that we want.

When you look at a new book with heart recipes, be very careful to inspect the numbers.  Most of them are not good enough for you.  And there is no reason for that.  You can eat well with the restrictions but most of these published recipes will not help you do that.

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