Washington: No need for a salt shaker on the Thanksgiving table: Unless you really cooked from scratch, there`s lots of sodium already hidden in the menu.Stealth sodium can do a number on your blood pressure. Americans eat way too much salt, and most of it comes inside common processed foods and restaurant meals.The traditional Thanksgiving fixings show how easy sodium can sneak into the foods you`d least expect. Yes, raw turkey is naturally low in sodium. But sometimes a turkey or turkey breast is injected with salt water to plump it, adding a hefty dose of sodium before it even reaches the store — something you`d have to read the fine print to discover.From the stuffing mix to the green bean casserole to even pumpkin pie, a lot of people can reach their daily sodium allotment or more in that one big meal unless the cook employs some tricks."For Thanksgiving or any meal, the more you can cook from scratch and have some control over the sodium that`s going in, the better," says the American Dietetic Association`s Bethany Thayer, a registered dietitian at the Henry Ford Health Health System in Detroit.
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