Misunderstanding of salt

The less salt you eat, the healthier you are. Eating too much salt (over-sodium intake) is unhealthy, but completely avoiding sodium salts can have adverse health effects. Ingesting a sufficient amount of sodium through salt helps maintain body fluid balance, beneficial nerves and muscle health. Too little intake can lead to hyponatremia, weakness, nausea and vomiting, headache, lethargy, muscle cramps and other symptoms.

Sea salt contains less sodium than salt. According to a survey by the American Heart Association, 61% believe that sea salt contains less sodium than salt. In fact, the salt content of sea salt and salt is the same, both are 40%. Dr. Rachel Johnson said that although sea salt is rich in trace elements such as magnesium, potassium and calcium, these nutrients can also be obtained from other foods.

Cooking without salt, sodium is not excessive. The US survey found that more than 75% of the sodium in the daily diet comes from processed foods. Ready-made soups, salad dressings, canned or bottled foods in supermarkets contain a lot of sodium. “Low sodium” on the food label is defined as “no more than 140 mg”, while “no salt” or “no salt” does not equal “no sodium”.

A large amount of sodium is only present in food. In addition to salty foods, many over-the-counter drugs also contain large amounts of sodium. People with high blood pressure should pay attention to the warning signs on these drug labels. Some drugs have a sodium content that even reaches one day’s sodium intake (1500 mg).

There is no taste in the salt. Limiting sodium intake does not mean that you can’t enjoy food. Fresh garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper powder, vinegar, lemon juice and low-salt seasonings can also make food more palatable.

 As long as the blood pressure is normal, don’t worry about eating salt. Hypertension is only a complication of salty foods. Eating too much salt can lead to excessive sodium intake and can lead to greater risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in the elderly. Therefore, even in normal blood pressure, the daily sodium intake should be controlled at 1500 mg.

If you don’t eat too salty food, you won’t get too much sodium. Common foods that are not salty, such as cooked food, bread, sandwiches, cheese, canned soup, may also contain large amounts of sodium.