Dieting and Weight Loss
Nutritional Measurement
Salt (Sodium Chloride)

Why is salt bad for you?

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2010-06-18 14:27:19

  • Salt is a compound of two elements, sodium and chloride.

    Sodium, along with other elements help balance the water in our

    bodies. It also helps muscles contract and helps send nerve

    impulses through our body. It is important to our health.

  • A healthy diet should have sodium but presently, westernized

    diets (fast foods and packaged foods) contain a lot of sodium. We

    average about 5 - 6 grams a day and some sources report up to 10

    grams a day. We should get no more than 2.4 grams a day or what is

    equal to 1 teaspoon of salt. In a nutshell, we need sodium but not

    too much.

  • However, some people are very sensitive to sodium intake and it

    can increase blood pressure placing them at a higher risk for heart

    and blood vessel diseases. In such cases, they should use less or

    none. Sodium is also found naturally in foods and that will be

    enough for those people.

  • The above point is correct about the daily grams of salt,

    however, most people measure it in milligrams. Don't take in more

    then 2,400 mg of salt per day. In other words, you can not ever eat

    McDonald's fries, burgers, chicken nuggets, chips, all the bad junk

    food because they use extra sodium to preserve it. Sodium is an

    excellent preservation agent and it's quite common in pork since

    pork decomposes more quickly then other meat.

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    that dismisses the link between salt and high blood pressure

    (citing scientific studies). However, it is probably copyrighted.

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