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5 Things About Salt

Since the FDA is considering regulating sodium in processed foods, I have been hearing more and more about the reasons why. Here are five things to ponder about the sodium content in your diet.

  • Seventy-five percent of the salt we consume comes from processed food and food from restaurants, not from the salt shaker.
  • Your tongue cannot adequately discern how much salt is in your food. If the salt is on the surface of the food, like a potato chip, it will taste salty. However, when the sodium of a serving of frozen mac-n-cheese is 500 mg chances are your tongue will not register that this portion of food contains 25 percent of your RDI (recommended daily intake) of sodium. You really need to read the nutritional label on processed foods to know.
  • Processed foods in the US generally contain more sodium than the same product in the UK. McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets is a great example – in the US they contain more than twice as much sodium as the United Kingdom version. Breakfast cereal is not exempt either – Kellogg’s Special K (advertised as "super healthy") has 58 percent more sodium per serving in the US version than the UK cereal.

There are two more reasons so

  • Not only does sodium content of specific products vary widely country to country, within the same type of product, like different types of canned tuna and corn chips, the sodium content can be drastically different. Once again I remind you to read the label.
  • Sodium is added to processed food to prevent it from spoiling. The salt draws moisture out of food so bacteria can't grow. It also helps to thicken soup and reduce dryness in crackers and pretzels.


Join The Conversation
azzaya08 azzaya08 9 years
wow i didnt kno that thanks
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
"75% percent of the salt we consume comes from processed food and food from restaurants, not from the salt shaker." Who is this "we", the average fat american?? Cause personnally I don't think the average FitSugar reader is that unhealthy! As far as I am concerned, I never eat processed food, make everything from scratch and never use salt when I cook...
Pixie462 Pixie462 9 years
I season all of my food before it hits the table. I also use Kosher or sea salt because the graines are coarser and you use less.
emalove emalove 9 years
There is sodium in soooo many foods...I think it's really difficult to completely avoid it. Of course, you can and SHOULD avoid eating too much of it. I agree with parents never seasoned anything with salt and I am the same way now. I never use it and can't even remember when and if there was a time that I did.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
This is eye-opening.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
omg i was expecting some useful info for healthy-living people, but this is just for the ones that eat different crap. none of the points are important to me or anybody who eats healthy food. anyway, i'm not hating, but it's just so upsetting that even on this health orientated site, author has to repeat herself monthly - and still little impact is made.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I try to avoid salt, both kinds, at all costs.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
Salt makes me cough and I have no idea why. And it's not the iodine. Boggles my mind.
dubyah dubyah 9 years
I add salt to my baked squash and to steamed edamame... salt is too good to give up!
mtiger mtiger 9 years
I have to admit... I love salty foods. I would much rather have something salty than sweet!
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
The only thing i put salt on is when i make homefries and then i use seasoned salt when i am frying them. I don't like alot of salt and never put it on my food.
emlod10 emlod10 9 years
Why is there more salt in US products than UK products?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
My mom never put salt on the table while I was growing up. She said you should never add slat to any food, and to this day i follow that rule!
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