What's up with Salt?
Posted by Joshua Rosenthal on April 8, 2009
The amount of salt one should consume has been a longstanding debate for quite some time. Some health professionals say cutting down on salt will not make a difference to your overall health while others say it will. This back and forth is very common in the world of nutrition studies. Don’t you think?
Like most food, it is the amount and the quality of salt that people consume that creates problems. Consider the amount and the type of salt that you use on a daily basis. Is there one particular meal where you know you consume the most amount of salt?
Because salt is used to preserve a lot of foods you’ll find high quantities of it in processed, packaged foods and restaurant meals. The USDA and the World Health Organization recommend a daily sodium intake of about 2,400 mg, but if you have a cup of Campbell’s Chicken noodle soup (half a cup has 890 mg), you’ve already reached your recommended daily intake! You can’t control the amount of salt found in packaged foods and restaurant dishes, but you can control the amount that you put in your own food.
You know what’s best for your body. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat a restaurant meal versus how you feel after a home cooked meal.