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Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt

The Danger is Not in the Shaker


11/16/2015 12:45:23 PM

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

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

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

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

God bless!

11/15/2012 12:33:23 PM

I've always watched my sodium intake; I've always been a label reader.
11/15/2012 3:54:40 AM

My hypertension was from menopause and not from sodium.

Be careful if you go the lite salt way, they usually have a high concentration of potassium which is not healthy either.

I think if you are one of those that has heart or kidney problems, it's very important to cut down (or out) the processed food it has too many hidden everythings. I like a little salt and pepper on some things, but I've noticed if you buy the gourmet salts you tend to use less for more flavour.
2/28/2012 12:18:48 PM

I think everyone does need to afraid of the salt shaker AND processes foods when statistics show that 90% of normotensive people at age 55, will still end up with a hypertension diagnosis! The two culprits.....salt and sedentary lifestyles. On rare occasions, and the numbers are small...folks will run into a hyponatremia problem....generally that is due to other causes rather than a diet low in sodium. difference between sea salt and regular salt, except that sea salt is a little coarser...might be taking in less because of that. Salt is salt.
2/14/2012 2:42:01 PM

BLUE48DOWN's SparkPage
The one food that shocked me most recently in terms of ADDED sodium ... is cottage cheese. I happen to like it and was eating it for a nice boost of protein. Turns out the amount of salt added to it is absurd. For a 4 oz portion, it goes from 45mg to 440mg. Seriously ... almost half a gram of salt added to a mere 4 oz cup.

(Admittedly, no salt added cottage cheese is a bit bland until I add in fruit which I usually did anyway. So many better ways to add some zest than such a high amount of salt.)
12/26/2011 11:51:11 AM

Hello, those links in my comment got mangled. The title of the article in Scientific American is "It's Time to End the War on Salt" and the JAMA article is titled "Urinary Sodium and Potassium Excretion and Risk of Cardiovascular Events". It might be easier to get to them (and to comments on them) by googling the titles than by trying to follow the mangled URLs.

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