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Dear Hungry Girl,

So many people these days blast me for eating foods high in sodium.  What's the story?  If I don't have high blood pressure, do I really need to avoid sodium like the plague?

Dear Scarfer,

There are definitely a lot of people counting sodium these days.  In  fact, people will often email me to complain if I write about foods that are high in the stuff.  But being that I'm not a nutrition expert, I called on my friend Delia Hammock (who is the Nutrition Director for Good Housekeeping), to help me answer this question.  Delia says, "Some people are definitely more sensitive to sodium than others and those with high blood pressure or a family history of hypertension should make watching sodium a priority.  Others can take a more relaxed approach." She does recommend choosing brands with less salt when you can, and balancing out high sodium foods by making low sodium choices at other times.  She also offers this neat little tidbit:  "Eating lots of fruits and veggies are a top choice and a GREAT defense against high blood pressure.  First they are often high in potassium which actually blunts the effects of too much sodium, and filling up on them can help with weight control (extra pounds can also make blood pressure soar)."  Thanks, Delia!  (BTW, click here for some of my favorite low sodium food finds.)

Dear Hungry Girl,

I love Yoo-hoo.  I heard from a friend that they now make a diet version.  Does Diet Yoo-hoo exist?

--Yearning for Yoo-hoo 

Dear Yearning,

I've got good news and bad news for you.  Diet Yoo-hoo, or Yoo-hoo Lite (its given name), does, in fact, exist.  I have tried it and it's FANTASTIC!  Each 9 oz. bottle has just 70 calories, 1 gram of fat and all the chocolatey goodness of the original Yoo-hoo.  That was obviously the good news.  The not-so-good news is you can only find Yoo-hoo Lite at Wal-Mart Supercenters or in select grocery stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, the Carolinas & parts of Tennessee.  It's also sold online.  If you'd like to help me in my quest to make Yoo-hoo Lite available nationally, send the Yoo Hoo makers an email by clicking here!

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