Would You Like Some Food With Your Salt?

This is a good example of too much of a “good thing”.  The recommended daily salt maximum is 2,300 milligrams.  But, men consume 4,300 mg per day and women consume 3,003 per day (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey).

What’s the problem?  Excessive sodium can lead to high blood pressure which is associated with strokes, kidney damage, and congestive heart failure.  The Institute of Medicine estimated that reducing sodium intake could prevent 100,000 deaths a year and save $18B in medical costs.

And, salt also contributes to the obesity crisis by creating a brain response that craves more and causes people to drink more soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.  Some big claims.

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