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Shakin' It Up with the Skinny on Salt

The Danger is Not in the Shaker

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My blood sodium level runs low so I do have to have some salt each day but most the time, it's not quite enough. Report
97MONTY
I am one that loves salt, but try to use less as possible Report
I have to add salt since I don't get enough of it. Very little processed foods. Report
We are eating low salt at home and then when we do eat out, some food tastes terrible salty. Report
I have no salt in my house, but I'm consuming too much salt according to my nutrition tracker, I'm going to start looking for the "hidden" salt. Report
great information Report
It really annoys me that many canned "no salt" products such as chickpeas, tomatoes and kidney beans are much more expensive than the salted products... and they seldom come on special.
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I do not eat pretzels often, but when I do they will be salty. Everything in moderation - and if I am going to splurge on pretzel - it will be a good one ha ha. Report
The takeaway is that salt/sodium is not the enemy - processed food IS. If your meal had to be extruded, hydrogenated, or fortified, you should probably start shopping the perimeters of your grocery store! Report
JANETEMILY
I eat very few processed foods, and only eat out a couple of times a month. I've never been a "salt" person, and rarely have trouble staying under 2000 mg a day, most days it is 1500 mg or less. So when I had blood tests done, my sodium levels were below normal...and my doctor wasn't happy with that either! Report
Sodium is in almost everything except whole foods. I have been trying to cut back on it all year and it isn't easy. Reading labels has helped me a lot. Report
Take a look at how much sodium the people of Japan eat. Then look at their rates of heart disease and high blood pressure. Then tell me again how dangerous salt is. (Pro tip: It's not the salt that's killing us.) Report
ANDREWPANDA
What shocks me is all the people who watch the sodium levels, but figure sea salt is OK. Sea salt is still sodium chloride and does the same amount of damage as regular salt if too mach is ingested. Plus according to the American Heart Association, the extra minerals are just in minuscule amount, and people will get them if they eat a well balanced diet. Report
For the record, you can find pretzels that have fewer than 240 mg per ounce, if you read the labels; Bachman rods for example.
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Which brand of pretzels has 1,029 mg of sodium for 10 mini rounds? I've read a lot of pretzel bag labels and haven't seen one that is that high. Most are in the range of 350 to 450 mg. per ounce. Glad they are a limited snack in our house. Report

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