The body can NOT function without salt. Period. Salt is an electrically charged molecule which is critical for nerve transmission, muscular contraction, carrying nutrients in and out of cells, controlling volume of fluid in the body, maintaining acid-base level, and so much more.
The big problem stems from the type of salt consumed. Today’s table salt is nothing like it used to (or should) be! More than 80% of the salt consumed today comes from processed foods, such as the ones listed below. The high amounts of salt added to these foods is bleached out, trace mineral deficient and mostly sodium – as opposed to natural salt, which is much lower in sodium.
A gram of salt is about 1/6 teaspoon.
But typical iodized table salt is composed of chloride as well, with only 40% of its weight being pure sodium.
1 cup Kellogg’s raisin bran cereal (no milk): 342 mg
So… how much salt is RECOMMENDED?
Dietitians of Canada recommends no more than 1500 mg (2/3 tsp) daily. But as mentioned it’s not the amount, as much as the quality of salt that you should worry about. Given that salt is completely essential to good health, limit processed foods and switch immediately to a pure, unrefined, quality salt. •
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