Learning about healthy foods and their affect on your body is extremely important.
This article is about the most essential seasoning in our daily cooking and one of America’s most favorite flavorings – SALT.
Salt is an indispensable nutrient of everyone’s daily diet, but what do we really know about it?
Actually, our body can not function without salt, because as a matter of fact, human cells are dependent on the presence of sodium.
However, we all heard about the need of reducing our sodium intake.
But is salt really the killer?
Do we really know all the facts about it?
Experts Opposite Opinions on Sodium Intake
For a few decades, experts have been warning us about salt’s health risks linking it to heart disease and high blood pressure.
They all say pretty much the same thing: we would be so much healthier if we ate much less of it.
There are also some well-respected experts claiming that salt is not as dangerous as it’s being made out of.
And if we reduce sodium in our daily diet more then we do now, the entire population could have unfortunate consequences.
The actual evidence concerning sodium reduction is quite diverse, and has been like this for at least a hundred of years.
Every time there is a new study that shows that sodium reduction is beneficial, there is another one saying the opposite.
The main reason for it is that individual requirement for sodium and responses to it vary tremendously.
So, it would be dangerous to ask the entire population to reduce salt intake.
Many experts actually worry that the current sodium reduction guidelines could end up killing people more than they save.
If you have a high blood pressure, there is no reason to assume that salt is causing your hypertension.
The fact is that that elevated blood pressure can have so many different causes.
That is why there are about one hundred drugs to treat it!
It’s a well-known fact that getting a certain amount of salt in your diet is crucial.
Reason why: because sodium is an essential player in various biological processes: nerve impulses and muscle contractions, for example in heart pumping, as well as balancing the water movement in and out of cells.
Unfortunately, it is not very clear at this point how much salt is enough and how much is too much.
It depends on a lot of things like your diet, activity levels, water intake, genetics, etc.
Nowadays, Americans eat 55% more of sodium, average 3,400mg daily, than our parents ate.
We all agree that we get plenty of salt in our daily diets, but we are not certain on how much reduction one can tolerate before causing health risks.
Some of the studies actually show that even a small sodium reduction can lead to increased cholesterol in the blood stream.
Where Does Our Salt Come From?
Believe it or not, it does not come from your kitchen salt shaker.
The majority of salt – as much as 70% to 80% – comes from processed food products unless you follow healthy eating guidelines.
In order to balance out a tremendous amount of salt coming with processed foods, we need to eat more of high-potassium fruits and vegetables.
Better yet, we should really cut back on processed foods and stick with healthy eating by choosing whole foods and plenty of potassium-rich fresh produce which will help to naturally balance sodium intake.
Instead of worrying about salt, create new healthy eating habits by ditching trans fats, sugar and processed foods.
If you are into healthy lifestyle choices and normally follow healthy eating guidelines, there is no really a reason for you to obsess much about your sodium intake.
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