WARNING- This following does not apply to you if you have a pre-existing medical condition that warrants the reduction of sodium.
I love Salt!
I love salt even more so than anything sugary or any chocolaty treat.
If you ask me life is a miserable existence without salt.
Salt is possibly nature’s greatest and most commonly used flavor. In my mind far to many people deprive themselves of it unnecessarily. Salt can certainly increase certain health risk, particularly high blood pressure, but moderation and a ‘healthy’ lifestyle will likely reduce any damage. I’m not saying go crazy, although I am wanting you to rethink your opinion.
In Australia we have a ‘suggested dietary target’ of 1600 mg. However, recent research suggests that the range for average populations should be between 2,645 mg to 4,945 mg. This amount was associated with the best cardiovascular and mortality outcomes. Intakes BOTH below 2,645 and above 4,945 are associated with increased mortality risk. Those who critiqued the research called into question the scientific basis for sodium reduction and deducted that good health and good blood pressure can be associated with much higher levels of sodium intake than we are currently recommended.
On a personal note I find it nearly impossible to keep my sodium intake below 3,000 mg. To me sodium reduction makes little sense and it’s not very practical. In fact, I actually recommend to all my clients to use salt within reason as a way of flavoring food. Salt has does not consist of fat, carbohydrate or calories so it will not make you gain body fat.
Moderately salt your meats, maybe even add a little soy sauce to that stir fry. Salt can enhance the value of your food and IS necessary.
Salt has quite an underserved bad reputation.
Don’t say anything bad about my favourite little brother, I’ll be listening.
Graudal, N., et al. Compared with usual sodium intake, low- and excessive-sodium diets are associated with increased mortality: a meta-analysis. Am J Hypertens. Apr 26, 2014