Jul 29, 2011

The pork barbecue and sodium























So appetizing, isn't it? No Pinoy can resist this mouth-watering, finger-lickin', Pinoy classic pork barbecue sold either on the streets or in some Filipino restaurant or food chain. It's ever present during parties. It's best eaten when dipped with vinegar with siling labuyo and onions. There are many versions of it, but we, Pinoys, always go back to this salty-sweet unique taste of our local barbecue. I can guess that a lot of you may be swallowing, craving for it this moment, I know exactly how you are feeling. :)
But just before you go and grab some, here's some warning. Not that I'm letting you drool over it only to spoil your appetite just even before you can have some, but just a friendly reminded - a stick of that can give you 111 calories - oh no big deal, that's very little. But- the warning comes with the sodium content. You eat 5 sticks of that and you're approaching your quota on sodium. It is because a stick contains about 429 mg - and our daily intake limit for sodium should not be more than 2,400 mg. If you have a heart or kidney disease your limit is only 2,000mg. This limit should include ALL salt and sodium consumed, including those in cooking and at the table. So the next time we eat barbecue, we take note of the amount, and the other salty food that we are going to eat on that day. If we can't resist the temptation, we should watch our sodium intake for the rest of the day! That way, we're happy but not at the expense of good kidney health. Cheers!
For more reading:
My Fitness Pal
Harvard Health
Anne Collins

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