Anyone else think that the level of sodium in our diets is insane?
Workand, with working from office becoming more common again, the Seamless and Uber Eats office lunches and dinners are making a frequent return as well. During 2020 I became a lot more nutrition / fitness-conscious, so now back in the office I try to carry that over by attempting to track calories and nutrient intake, at least directionally / ballpark.
I've found that staying within calorie limits isn't too difficult (for me at least), but what really has shocked me is the amount of sodium that literally any restaurant, healthy or not, is packing into any of their foods these days. It's actually fucking appalling (and slightly terrifying). Go look at the nutrition info for sweetgreen, a midtown lunch staple, for example. One of their most popular salads, the Kale Caesar, has 405 calories. Pretty amazing given the volume of salad you get, right? I thought so too until I looked at the full nutrition facts and saw that it's packing 1250mg of sodium, which is more than 50% of the daily recommended intake of 2300mg.
As another example, you can order a chipotle salad which has nothing except salad greens, chicken, fajita veggies, corn, and salsa, and it's only 325 calories but it's fucking 1300mg of sodium (not to mention that that's a pretty sad bowl without any beans, rice, or guac, all of which would up that figure even more).
Not trying to lambaste Chipotle / SG specifically btw as this is endemic across US eateries, fast-casual or otherwise. If you base weekday food decisions primarily on calorie count (as many people do when going "one level deep" on nutrition / dieting), you can be goaded into feeling that you're crafting a very healthy takeout-based diet while unknowingly showering your insides in salt, which research overwhelmingly points to as a key culprit of hyoertension and heart disease. Mixing excessive sodium with almost any lifestyle therefore seems dangerous, let alone the high-stress low-sleep lifestyle of juniors in IB.
The obvious workaround to this is to do more of your own meal prep to reduce reliance on high-sodium prepared foods. Let's put aside the question of how feasible consistent meal prep is for your standard analyst since that will vary based on group sweatiness / personal lifestyle choices. I'm really just more curious as to others' thoughts on sodium intake / the ubiquity of high sodium in the American diet / broader thoughts (or counterpoints).