The Sodium Issue
Current health advice warns against too much sodium. This warning is based on research suggesting that eating high amounts of sodium may contribute to the development of high blood pressure in certain people. High blood pressure may then lead to heart disease, kidney disease or stroke.
Why Not Eliminate Sodium from the Diet?
Sodium is an absolutely necessary mineral for the human body. Without it, nerves and muscles would cease to function, the absorption of major nutrients would be impaired, and the body would not be able to maintain adequate water and mineral balance.
How Much Sodium is Recommended?
Recommended intake of sodium is 1000-3000 mg/day. This replaces your normal daily loss of sodium. You can meet this recommendation by eating a healthy, nutritionally well-balanced diet. In fact, just one teaspoon of salt (including sodium found naturally in food or added during preparation) is enough to meet this requirement.
What Are the Sources of Sodium?
Sodium is a regular part of our food supply. It is found naturally in meats, nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products in low amounts. Unfortunately, most of the sodium Americans eat today is added to food in the form of sodium chloride, or table salt. Food manufacturers also add table salt to food in the process of preserving and processing, as well as flavor enhancing. Sodium is also hidden as a part of other chemical additives, such as sodium nitrate, sodium benzoate saccharin, and monosodium glutamate. As a result, many Americans unknowingly consume three to five times more sodium than they need.
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