Salt, is it really bad for you?
Salt is a mineral that in nature, comes in the form of rock salt and is made up of 40% sodium and 50% chloride. The human body requires sodium to function. On a cellular level, chemical reactions require the exchange of sodium and potassium in order for your body to do so many functions: contraction and relaxation of your muscles, maintain water balance of your body, heart conduction signals.
According to the 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the average American should consume 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day or less as part of a healthy eating plan. Eating a balanced diet full of fresh vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and lean proteins will typically allow you to fall within these recommendations of daily sodium intake. So it should not be an issue. On the other hand, if you suffer from particular medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, kidney disease, or heart disease, the recommendations vary for your average sodium intake and you should discuss with your healthcare provider about this.
Salt is problematic when consumed in excess quantities. Unfortunately, in today’s society, so many foods are packed with sodium, even ones you many not even think to consider! For example, canned soups, salad dressing, processed breads, canned tomato products, deli meat, crackers and potato chips. Importantly, the ingredient list of the nutrition label is also important to check out as this is where sodium is listen in hidden forms, such as sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, disodium phosphate, monosodium glutamate (or MSG), baking powder, etc.
In summary. Salt is not bad for you. Salt contains an essential mineral for your body known as sodium. Only when you consume more salt in your diet than is recommended will salt be problematic to your health.
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Amanda Velazquez, MD
Diplomate of American Board of Obesity Medicine
Internal Medicine Board Certified