SALT & SODIUM

Your body does need some sodium--to maintain the right balance of fluids, transmit nerve impulses, and contract and relax your muscles--but only about 500 mg per day. When you eat far more than that, your brain chemistry is altered.

Research shows that consuming salt triggers the release of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the brain's pleasure center, making salty foods as addictive as nicotine and alcohol. Therefore, as with any addiction, eating salty foods makes you crave more.

Know the Common Culprits

The salty six are six common foods that are the most likely culprits for hidden salt

  • Bread and rolls
  • Cold cuts and cured meats
  • Pizza
  • Poultry
  • Soup
  • Sandwiches

More to Consider Than the Salt Shaker

A recent CDC study found that more than 90 percent of adults consume more sodium than they need. Sodium is found in high quantities in foods, such as canned vegetables and soups, frozen dinners, and instant flavored rice and cereal. In this podcast, Janelle Peralez-Gunn discusses the importance of reducing the sodium in your diet. 

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Facts

We are a salt obsessed culture. Most Americans consume too much sodium in their daily diet.

  • On average Americans eat more than 3,300mg of sodium a day. According to the CDC, the sodium recommendation for adults should not exceed 2,300mg a day.
  • The recommendation for children less than 9 is 1,500mg -1,900mg per day.  

Where Is Salt Hiding?

71% of all food consumed comes from already processed foods and eating out. 

Too Much Sodium

This podcast is based on the February 2012 CDC Vital Signs report. Ninety percent of Americans age two and older eat too much sodium which can increase your risk for high blood pressure and often leads to heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the US. Learn several small steps you can take to reduce the amount of sodium in your diet.

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SEA SALT vs. TABLE SALT

What is the difference between sea salt and table salt?

Sea salt has boomed in popularity in restaurants and supermarket aisles. Many gourmet chefs say they prefer it over table salt for its coarse, crunchy texture and stronger flavor.

Baking Soda's High Sodium Content

Baking soda's beneficial leavening quality comes at a high cost in sodium. There are 150 milligrams of sodium in 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda. That's almost as much as the human body actually needs in one day, which ranges between 180 and 500 milligrams, according to a study by the CDC.

 

What Is a Salt Substitute?

 

Potassium chloride. Most salt substitutes contain potassium chloride. Brands include Morton Salt Substitute, Nu-Salt, and NoSalt. Potassium chloride tastes somewhat like sodium chloride (salt).

Potassium Grocery List

Feeling like your brain is in a fog, your heart is skipping beats or your muscles are cramping could be signs that you're not getting enough potassium. But never fear – this important mineral can be found in some of nature's most delicious foods. The next time you visit the store, keep this potassium-packed grocery list in mind to help get your brain, heart and muscles working smoothly again in short order.

 

New Blood Pressure Guidelines

November 14th, 2017 – CBS This Morning

The first new blood pressure guidelines in 14 years will likely bring a major change in treatment. Eleven medical groups including the American Heart Association are redefining the danger zone: the bar for systolic blood pressure is lowered from 140 points to 130. This means an estimated 31 million more people could be diagnosed with high blood pressure. Cardiologist Dr. Tara Narula joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the impact of the new guidelines. Watch the Video!

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