I went out to eat for lunch today. I should have brought my phone with me but instead, I had to guess what foods were lower in sodium.
When I entered the food in the online food journal after lunch, I found out the food that I ate had a whopping 1440 mg of sodium! That's almost the entire day's worth in one meal. I usually have around 1,750 to 2,400 mg of sodium a day, so this was a lot to me!
Why don't restaurants list how much sodium is in their meals somewhere on the menu? I'm more concerned with the sodium even more than I am with the calories. After the lunch I ate today, I made sure I didn't go overboard with the sodium in any of the other meals.
My advice to those who are trying to watch their sodium, carbs or fat content, make sure you bring your smart phone in the restaurant. You never know what hidden sugars and salts are in the food so it's better to be safe than sorry.
Also, why don't restaurants offer a lower sodium menu? The fast food places should start offering lower sodium selections as well. I think a lot of people would order from the menu.
I'm glad I don't eat out too often. This was definitely one of my "cheat" days. When I think about what other people were eating today, they're meals could easily top 5,000 mg of sodium. If people eat out often enough, it's easy to see why obesity is such an epidemic! The food you're preparing at home is so much healthier as you know exactly what food is going in your body.