His talk today was on label reading and why you want and need to avoid processed and packaged foods. He explained that most of what you read on a label is a lie, and it is really your responsibility to learn how to judge a product. His rules were simple, and I won't repeat them in case you get the chance to hear Jeff speak. I don't want to ruin your fun or his.
The one thing that he did discuss that I want to echo is about sodium in the diet. He provided the following statistics:
- 77% of the sodium in your diet comes from processed and restaurant food
- 12% occurs naturally in food
- 5% is from what you use in cooking
- 6% is added at your table
So you can see that eating at home cooked food and adding a bit of salt is just fine. One of my biggest complaints about eating in restaurants is that the food is too salty for me. I'd rather undersalt and then add a sprinkle on top, where you can really taste it.
I am going to be carrying a line of seasonings in adjustable grinders that contain salt and seasonings. They are perfect for boosting flavor in a big way.
Eating real food at home is the ideal way to get what you need nutritionally and for taste.