The teachers in my grade school were big fans of “pop quizzes.” We never knew when we’d be asked to pull out a blank piece of paper and answer the questions being written on the board. Most of us dreaded those pop quizzes, but in retrospect, they did keep us on our toes!

In that spirit, the next few blogs will present a pop quiz question just for fun. See how many you can ace.

Question: Which product contains the most sodium?

a) A serving of broiled beef

b) a serving of baked all-natural chicken

c) a large order of McDonald’s French fries

d) a serving of pretzels?

(Think it over carefully as the Jeopardy music plays in your head)

(Are you sure you’re right? Don’t look just yet)

(Think again)

Ok, here’s the answer:

The chicken. According to Dr. Michael Greger, the poultry industry commonly injects chicken carcasses with salt water to artificially inflate their weight, yet the chicken can still be labeled “100 percent natural.” Consumer Reports found that some supermarket chickens are pumped so full of salt water that they registered 840 mg of sodium per serving.

Surprising, right?

The majority of our salt intake comes from processed food, animal products, and fast food. A whole food, plant-based diet provides all the sodium you need and even allows you to flavor your food with a little salt. A good rule of thumb is to salt your food at the table rather than at the stove top. Far less salt is used by flavoring the surface of your food rather than mixing/cooking it into the recipe.

Cyd Notter

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Cyd Notter
Cyd Notter is a graduate of the Center for Nutrition Studies, a past newspaper columnist, and a certified instructor for several dietary therapy courses (The Starch Solution, Food Over Medicine, and Women’s Health). As the author of The “Plan A” Diet: Combining Whole Food Plant Based Nutrition with the Timeless Wisdom of Scripture, Cyd illustrates the correlations between biblical principles and healthy eating, and provides readers with effective strategies for taking an active role in their health. She offers a variety of educational and cooking classes, provides nutritional coaching on both individual and corporate levels, and speaks to local groups. She’s currently developing an online Transformation System in order to help those struggling with chronic health or weight issues to finally achieve long-term success. She and her husband live in Illinois, where they enjoy outdoor activities, classic movies, and old Volkswagens.