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What's up with Salt?

April 8, 2009

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The amount of salt one should consume has been a longstanding debate for quite some time. Some health professionals say cutting down on salt will not make a difference to your overall health while others say it will. This back and forth is very common in the world of nutrition studies. Don’t you think?

Like most food, it is the amount and the quality of salt that people consume that creates problems. Consider the amount and the type of salt that you use on a daily basis. Is there one particular meal where you know you consume the most amount of salt?

Because salt is used to preserve a lot of foods you’ll find high quantities of it in processed, packaged foods and restaurant meals. The USDA and the World Health Organization recommend a daily sodium intake of about 2,400 mg, but if you have a cup of Campbell’s Chicken noodle soup (half a cup has 890 mg), you’ve already reached your recommended daily intake! You can’t control the amount of salt found in packaged foods and restaurant dishes, but you can control the amount that you put in your own food.

You know what’s best for your body. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat a restaurant meal versus how you feel after a home cooked meal.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.