SIMPLE DIET SALT AND SUGAR

Posted on March 12, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

SALT or SODIUM: Most Americans consume far higher amounts of sodium than the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Heart Association recommend. The average US adult consumes more than 3200 mg per day, not including the salt they add from a shaker. We conservatively estimate that many obese individuals consume more than 5000 mg of sodium from their food and salt shaker. The Simple Diet is a low sodium diet. We usually treat people with congestive heart failure with the standard Simple Diet and ask them to avoid extremely high sodium-containing entrees and canned vegetables (usually high in sodium).

The US Dietary Guidelines recommends that adults consume 2300 mg of sodium or less per day; persons at high risk for hypertension (including African-Americans and persons over age 51) and those with hypertension, congestive heart failure, diabetes, or kidney disease should consume less than 1500 mg of sodium per day.

Average sodium intakes from the Simple Diet is around 1600 to 2000 mg per day, within the US Dietary Guidelines. With diligent shopping you can find shakes with 200 mg sodium per shake and entrees with 300 to 400 mg per entrée. This would bring your sodium intake to about 1400 mg per day if you don’t use canned vegetables. [Rinsing canned vegetables can lower the sodium content by 40%!]

So most individuals can use the Simple Diet and not worry about sodium. Eat and enjoy.

SUGAR CONCERNS:

The Simple Diet and the Simple Lifetime Diet are the most health-promoting diets for persons with diabetes and hypoglycemia. In 2004, Dr. David Jenkins of the University of Toronto (one of the most prominent and influential nutrition and diabetes medical doctors and nutrition leaders in the world) and I reviewed the world literature and concluded that a high carbohydrate, high fiber, low fat diet was the most highly recommended diet for persons with diabetes by diabetes and nutrition authorities from all over the world. The evidence has not changed in the last 8 years. The Simple Lifetime Diet incorporates all of the enhancements to this diet that my research group has developed since we first reported this diet in 1976. I have treated over 5000 diabetic individuals with these diets with great success. My book chronicles some of their stories as do more than 50 research publications. Often we see dramatic reductions in insulin and medication requirements. Talk to your doctor and enjoy. Dr. A.

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