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How’s Your Sodium Sense?

January 19, 2012 by Kenton Delisle

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I wouldn't say I'm a "gamer", but I do enjoy video games. Especially multiplayer ones… online with my friends… Tuesday nights… with our headsets on (ya, we're cool, I know).

This is where we reconnect through talking about our feelings (trash talking and goading each other), sharing (yelling instructions to our teammates) and encouraging each other (inviting buddies to join the game so we can pwn them).

So, you can imagine my joy when I learned Healthy Families BC had developed a new online interactive resource, Sodium Sense.

My professional voice said: "health and nutrition are becoming increasingly popular topics in the digital and interactive world. There are some great online tools to learn basic or advanced nutrition knowledge, skills and problem solving. It ‘s especially helpful when these online tools are developed within the Canadian or even provincial context." But my personal voice said: " I can ‘play' something online and work? Awesome!"

Now, it's not Savage Bunnies VIII (don't look for it, I made that up) but I did jump at the chance to take a run through Sodium Sense…as a professional of course.

Sodium Sense is a fun concept that lets you wiggle your way through food choices and learn or reinforce what you already know about the amount of sodium in some common foods. Aiming for 1500mg – 2300mg of sodium per day and for 500 - 800mg of sodium with each meal, you get a sense of how sodium can quickly add up in an overall eating pattern as you select foods for each meal. Keeping this in mind, you can make lower sodium choices when choosing food in the real world. You can get more ideas for low sodium meals from the recipes provided, as well.

Building on the success of other BC and Canadian online interactive healthy eating tools (see examples below), Sodium Sense can be another resource in your online arsenal. Just remember that sodium is one of many factors to consider. Keep in mind the concept of balance and that no single nutrient is the be all and end all of healthy eating. Like Joanna points out in her blog entry, Having Your Ginger Beef and Eating it Too, it's what we do most of the time that counts.

Give Sodium Sense a try and see how your Sodium Sense stands up. Do online interactive resources work for you? 

More Canadian and BC examples of online interactive healthy eating resources that I have enjoyed:

  • Eat wise: An interactive resource that lets you look up common foods online and view their nutrient content.
  • Titanium Chef ; An interactive game where you get to travel around the galaxy trying to become the Titanium Chef through learning about Canada's Food Guide and planning and preparing meals for characters you encounter along the way.
  • Calcium calculator: An interactive tool that helps you calculate your calcium intake from foods that you eat
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