statement asking the FDA to regulate the amount of sodium (salt) allowed in foods. The organization sites that a reduction in sodium intake may prevent 100,000 deaths per year from conditions related to high blood pressure, such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and heart failure.
The recommended maximum intake level for sodium is 2,400 mg, (about 1 teaspoon) per day. The average American gets AT LEAST 3,400 mg, (about 1.5 teaspoons) per day. This salt is coming not only from the shaker on the table, but it's also in everything from cereal to some spices. Check out this slide show from WebMD for a quick lesson on sodium and where it hides and here's a look at the salt content in fast food. Sodium also occurs naturally, in small amounts, in fruits, vegetables and meats and... it is essential to life! But, more is not always better!
Besides it's effects on blood pressure, salt also contributes to a net acid load in the body, as do grains, dairy and meats. The body needs to maintain an alkaline (base) environment and must buffer the acid from the chloride portion of salt. This can be accomplished by eating lots of fruits and vegetables and with calcium, magnesium, and potassium stored in the body, if fruit and vegetable intake is inadequate. Acid-base imbalances lead to the development of osteoporosis (due to calcium being stolen from bones to buffer the acid load), high-blood pressure, stroke, kidney stones, asthma, stomach cancer, insomnia and motion sickness.
I often see and work with people that believe they are eating 'Paleo' or 'Clean' but use and eat generous amounts of sea salt, soy sauce, deli meats, canned tomatoes, salted nuts, etc... There are lots of salt free flavoring options out there too. Try lemon or lime juice, fresh or dried herbs, coconut oil, olive oil, or just enjoy the food you are eating for its natural flavor - you might be suprised at how good it is!
Are you going to rethink your 'salty' habits or just take this with a 'grain of salt'???