Healthy facts that make sense
What is sodium, is it just another word for salt?
Sodium is a mineral that is present in foods as well as in table salt. Although an excess consumption of salt can cause high blood pressure, our bodies also need it to stay healthy. Sodium and salt are not the same thing — Salt is about 40% sodium and 60% chloride, and most health concerns are around the sodium portion rather than the chloride portion of salt.
How much sodium is recommended per day?
Consumption not exceeding 2300 mg of sodium per day – equivalent to just 1 teaspoon of salt per day – is recommended to avoid developing high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke and kidney disease. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in Canada. In addition, it is estimated that 90% of adults aged 50 and over will eventually suffer from high blood pressure. It is therefore important to be concerned about their sodium intake. Our products reduced sodium Luda H products can help you achieve this 2,300 mg goal.
What are the sources of sodium
77% of the sodium we eat comes from prepared and processed foods we buy, such as canned foods, deli meats, dehydrated foods, dried foods, smoked foods, ready to eat meals, breaded chicken and fish, frozen french fries, commercial broths, cheeses, breads, breakfast cereals, rice, seasoned potato chips and salty snacks. Only 5% comes from salt we add to our food. This is why it is important to know the sodium levels in the food we buy.
Why does Health Canada want companies to reduce the amount of sodium in their products?
It is recognized that excessive consumption of sodium can cause various health problems (high blood pressure, kidney problems, osteoporosis, ...). Because most of the sodium we consume in Canada (approximately 77%) comes from processed foods, it is important that the food industry offers less salty foods so that Canadians can reduce their sodium intake.
We are dedicated to providing quality products, and we have developed the line of Luda H reduced sodium and gluten free products to provide an alternative to what is currently available on the market.
How can I tell if a product contains lots of sodium?
In nutritional value table of nutritional, the sodium content is indicated as a percentage of the daily value (% DV). If a food has 15% DV or more it is considered a food high in sodium. Luda H reduced sodium products contain 10% of the daily value.
Is sodium linked to health issues beyond high blood pressure?
Excess sodium has also been linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis, kidney problems and stomach cancer.
How can I reduce the amount of sodium I eat?
Choose foods that are "reduced in sodium" and use sodium reduced ingredients when cooking. Eat more fresh, unprocessed, and less packaged foods and ready meals. Cook your own meals. Since most of the sodium comes from commercial products, it is important to read labels to choose foods lower in sodium. Avoid adding salt to food you are preparing. Reduce your consumption of fast food meals.
What are sulphites?
Sulphites are substances that can be found naturally in our bodies and can also be added to foods as food additives.
Sulfites are used as food additives to preserve color, prolong shelf-life and prevent the growth of microorganisms. Sulfites are also used in some medicines, to bleach food starches and are used in the production of some packaging materials (eg cellophane)
Are sulphites dangerous for our health?
No, for most consumers. However, some people are intolerant to sulfites.
What is the difference between an allergy and intolerance?
An allergic reaction occurs only with a body's reaction to the protein in food. Intolerance, on the other hand, is an abnormal reaction of the body following ingestion of a food or food additive. An allergy causes the body’s immune system to suddenly and severely react to even a minute amount of the offending protein, whereas intolerances come on more gradually and with exposure to a greater amount of the offending food. Generally, people with food intolerances may be able to eat small amounts of the food they are intolerant to without issue.
What can I do to avoid sulfphites in my food?
Unlike in the U.S., in Canada, sulphites must be declared in the ingredient list even if the product contains less than 10 ppm of sulfites. It is therefore important to read the ingredient list. If you have an intolerance to sulfites, the only way to avoid them is not to consume any products containing sulfites. Avoid all products with the word ''may contain sulfites.'' Learn to recognize all the words that indicate that there sulfites in the product. If you are unsure about a product, please contact the food manufacturer.
Are there other names for sulphites?
Sulfuric acid, sulfur dioxide, sulfiting agents, Sodium dithionite, sodium metabisulfite, sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite and potassium metabisulfite, sulfur dioxide, E 220, E 221, E 222, E 223, E 224, E 225, E 226 , E 227, E 228 (European names)
What foods are often sources of gluten?
Gluten is found mainly in the grain products food group, in products such as cereals, baked goods, pastries, pasta, cereal bars, crackers, cookies, etc.. but it is also hidden in many processed foods. It is therefore important for people with gluten intolerance to read the ingredient list and find the name of cereals containing gluten (wheat, oats, barley, rye, triticale, the Spelt, kamut, wheat, bulgur and seitan).
What is monosodium glutamate (MSG)?
It is the sodium salt of glutamic acid– originally extracted from a Japanese seaweed – which is used to enhance the natural flavor of foods. Monosodium glutamate contains two-thirds less sodium than table salt.
What are the sources of MSG?
It is found in hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, soy sauce, and autolyzed yeast extracts. It is also present naturally in foods such as tomatoes, tomato juice, grapes, grape juice, other fruit juices, cheeses such as Parmesan and Roquefort cheese and mushrooms. In addition, it is often added to prepared meals, frozen foods, spice mixes, canned or dehydrated soups, salad dressings and meat products and fish. In Canada where MSG is added to processed foods, it should appear in the list of ingredients. We must therefore read the labels.
Are there risks associated with eating MSG?
No, MSG poses no danger to consumers.
What are silicon dioxide, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate?
These are all Health Canada approved food additives that are used in very small amounts in our Luda H products. These ingredients have been shown to have no ill effects on health.
Silicon dioxide is an anti-caking agent that keeps powders free flowing and absorbs excess humidity. Disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate are both used to improve flavour.