Friday, February 11, 2011

Is Salt Really that Bad For You?

"Sodium actually helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body
and aids muscle movement. But too much is unhealthy, and the
average woman gets as much as twice the daily recommendation of 2,300
milligrams - without ever lifting a salt shaker.
Blood pressure is the problem: excess sodium can lead to hypertension, which
can cause heart attack and stroke. A study in the New England Journal of
Medicine found that skipping as little as a half-teaspoon (about 1,200 milligrams) a day can cut these risks. Eating less salt might even improve bone health."

"Some salty shockers:
1 large dill pickle 1,181 milligrams
1 cup cottage cheese 819 milligrams
1 croissant 424 milligrams
1 (12-0unce can) soda 50 milligrams
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 2,111 milligrams
1 cup vegetable juice cocktail 653 milligrams

Yikes! Who knew these common foods packed such a sodium overload!"

-Health Magazine April 2010