Saturday, January 28, 2012

Is there any medical benefit from using sea salt ?

Everyday people come up with crazy ides. Now the fad is to start consuming sea salt to avoid sodium intake. It is not known how this suggestion caught on, but it is without merit. Sea salt or salt from retail stores have no difference in their sodium content. They both do the same thing- Add some flavor to food.

What most people do not know is that we get very little salt from the shaker at home. Most of the salt we consume is already added to the variety of processed foods we eat on a daily basis. Salt is everywhere. For most healthy people the total amount of sodium should be no more than 1500 mg. For those who have heart disease, it should be 1,000 mg or less. Also important to know is that even if you cut salt, the blood pressure lowering is only modest. If you have bad genes, smoke, do not exercise and eat unhealthy foods, cutting down on salt is not going to make a big difference in you life.

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