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Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt

The Danger is Not in the Shaker

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7/24/2016 3:40:59 PM

WOUBBIE's SparkPage
The takeaway is that salt/sodium is not the enemy - processed food IS. If your meal had to be extruded, hydrogenated, or fortified, you should probably start shopping the perimeters of your grocery store!
JANETEMILY
7/24/2016 6:43:42 AM

I eat very few processed foods, and only eat out a couple of times a month. I've never been a "salt" person, and rarely have trouble staying under 2000 mg a day, most days it is 1500 mg or less. So when I had blood tests done, my sodium levels were below normal...and my doctor wasn't happy with that either!
3/8/2016 2:59:54 PM

AALLEY2's SparkPage
Sodium is in almost everything except whole foods. I have been trying to cut back on it all year and it isn't easy. Reading labels has helped me a lot.
1/21/2016 8:48:40 AM

LILLIPUTIANNA's SparkPage
Take a look at how much sodium the people of Japan eat. Then look at their rates of heart disease and high blood pressure. Then tell me again how dangerous salt is. (Pro tip: It's not the salt that's killing us.)
ANDREWPANDA
12/29/2015 4:52:35 PM

What shocks me is all the people who watch the sodium levels, but figure sea salt is OK. Sea salt is still sodium chloride and does the same amount of damage as regular salt if too mach is ingested. Plus according to the American Heart Association, the extra minerals are just in minuscule amount, and people will get them if they eat a well balanced diet.
11/16/2015 12:45:23 PM

SALTYCHOCOLATE's SparkPage
For the record, you can find pretzels that have fewer than 240 mg per ounce, if you read the labels; Bachman rods for example.
11/16/2015 12:44:12 PM

SALTYCHOCOLATE's SparkPage
Which brand of pretzels has 1,029 mg of sodium for 10 mini rounds? I've read a lot of pretzel bag labels and haven't seen one that is that high. Most are in the range of 350 to 450 mg. per ounce. Glad they are a limited snack in our house.
11/13/2014 9:29:56 AM

BUB001's SparkPage
Without looking at more than 2 pages, I assume that someone has already pointed out that USDA recommends 2300 mg maximum. Probably this article should be either amended or stricken. There are enough internet articles claiming that 2300 is too low.
2/18/2014 11:39:15 AM

LILHANDLULU's SparkPage
I always thought lowering salt consumption was good for everyone, but found out it caused nearly fatal problems for me. I have low blood pressure (as do my two children) and the lack of salt was causing me to black out several times a day. My doctor told me to be free with the salt shaker and make sure I never get dehydrated.
1/28/2014 7:13:42 PM

BETSEY_T's SparkPage
I retain water very easily, so I do my best to keep my salt intake under 2,300 mg daily. It's hard, but if I have too much salt, my feet and ankles immediately balloon up. Now I use minimal salt when cooking and use other seasonings, as well as steering clear of sodium laden prepared foods.
12/6/2013 4:50:43 PM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
Great Article. Thanks for the salt kick.
11/14/2013 9:17:25 PM

CHRIS3874's SparkPage
While I find it somewhat difficult to attain a lower consumption of salt its also important to note most of us DO NOT get enough calcium or POTASSIUM in our diets which tend to alleviate some of sodium's bad effects.
6/21/2013 4:21:56 PM

GATEKEEPER1963's SparkPage
I find all of these comments very helpful. I have switched to Sea Salt for my table and sometimes cooking. Usually I use Lawrys seasoning salt for better flavor with foods and I find I use way less to season with because it has other seasonings to enhance the flavor. An added plus is that it has less salt per serving than traditional salt.
And I am not surprised they use tons of salt in sweet foods. That's how they addict you with the sugar and salty boosts you get from them. Yep , my big behind knows all about that. (Insert disgusted eye roll here) Now I am paying in spades trying to reverse the bad effects of that.
2/22/2013 10:08:11 AM

DAPRDON15's SparkPage
When I leveled out in my weight loss, I wondered why I wasn't losing and noticed my sodium was on average 4000 mg per day on my reports. Started keeping track and now strive to keep it under 2300 mg. In 2 weeks I dropped 17 lbs! In 3 weeks my BP went from 171/101 to 162/82 and lost a total of 24 lbs.
It is worth obsessing over!
11/15/2012 3:30:27 PM

IMAVISION's SparkPage
Thank you for th-is insightful reminder that the danger is not necessarily in the shaker.

God bless!


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