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Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt

The Danger is Not in the Shaker

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  • I have to add salt since I don't get enough of it. Very little processed foods.
  • We are eating low salt at home and then when we do eat out, some food tastes terrible salty.
  • BILLTHOMSON
    I have no salt in my house, but I'm consuming too much salt according to my nutrition tracker, I'm going to start looking for the "hidden" salt.
  • great information
  • It really annoys me that many canned "no salt" products such as chickpeas, tomatoes and kidney beans are much more expensive than the salted products... and they seldom come on special.
  • I do not eat pretzels often, but when I do they will be salty. Everything in moderation - and if I am going to splurge on pretzel - it will be a good one ha ha.
  • 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
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • For the record, you can find pretzels that have fewer than 240 mg per ounce, if you read the labels; Bachman rods for example.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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