Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Health Column – Food Myths – Do you have enough #salt in your diet? #Overweight #Sugar Cravings

An excellent and well-written post from Sally…I have for a long time thought sugar rather than salt was our common enemy …You will find all the facts about salt in our diets and why we need it….

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I originally shared this post two years ago and I wanted to update it with any new reports to support this surprising perspective on the salt we consume in our diet.

One of the first points that I want to make is that I am not suggesting that you consume industrialised foods that contain not only high levels of sodium but also many other additives that do not do your health any good at all. I am very much in favour of a ‘Cook from Scratch’ philosophy when it comes to our food, especially when cooking for young children, in which case you are the person who controls how much salt is consumed through cooking and supervising what is added to meals.

I have been a nutritional therapist for over 20 years, and one of the essential elements of my work has been to remain informed of new research as…

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6 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Health Column – Food Myths – Do you have enough #salt in your diet? #Overweight #Sugar Cravings

  1. Leoniechinup

    Thanks for the post. My mother suffers from too little salt – she is elderly and unfortunately her low sodium levels lead to a hospital emergency and coma. She’s ok now, but had to take salt tablets for a while, in addition to salt within her diet. We need salt, but how much is too much? There are lots of studies around the world looking at the effects of too much salt and how reduction of salt intake can reduce the risk of CVD. Most people will limit their intake, however some cultures do use a lot of salt in their cooking which increases their risk of high blood pressure and CVD.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That happened too my dad but his problem was he drunk to much water which diluted the salt… I think much depends on us as individuals bearing in mind the climate we live in, excercise we do…I also think processed foods and sugars answer for a lot of ills and if you cook from scratch then you can have more of an idea what you are consuming…I don’t salt rice as I use a steamer and the same with some vegetables but do use salt in my cooking and as I make stir fries and use soy I get my salt that way so get enough salt in my diet….But many cereals etc have added salt and sugar which is why I don’t buy highly processed foods …I think moderation/balance plays a huge part in the food we eat… 🙂 x

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    2. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

      Thanks Leonie..the problem lies with the sodium we are consuming in industrially manufactured foods and it is estimated that in the USA and the UK, 75% of the salt consumed is in those foods and only 25% natural salt. Not only are we getting sodium in our food, we are also getting all the other additives that contribute to an imbalance in the bloodstream. Glad your mother is okay now and as to how much salt.. as Carol has said it depends on several factors including climate and exercise but as a general guide one to one and a half level teaspoon of salt used in cooking and adding to food, provided it is cook from scratch and not out of packages or jars.

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