Salt is bad for you.

3 Aug

Apparently, Angelina Jolie’s new flick, SALT is not the only concealed health threat out there these days…

We all know a bit too much sodium can lead to serious health issues such as high blood pressure. However, according to an article on today’s Wall Street Journal titled “The Salt Hiding in Your Diet”, the problem to cutting back on sodium lies in that most of the sodium we ingest is in processed foods, restaurant meals and not-so-obvious foods. Cereal and sliced bread are among those foods that conceal dangerous amounts of sodium. Who knew, right?

The following graph shows you how much sodium there actually is in meals that you wouldn’t consider to be necessarily salty and thus high in sodium– except for the popcorn and soda snack. Click here to find out how much sodium each component of these meals has.

Image from WSJ Article "The Salt Hiding in Your Diet"

Good thing chocolate has no sodium.

According to the WSJ article, “[n]early 90% of adults consume more salt than U.S. dietary guidelines recommend. Now, federal officials are considering making those guidelines even tougher to follow.”

Right, I’m sure they will. I think I’d rather start baking my own bread, eliminating all processed foods from my diet (including that organic mac and cheese I had for lunch with 660 mg sodium) and not eating out at all. Thus, surviving on a bland diet of mostly air and sweet chocolate.

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One Response to “Salt is bad for you.”

  1. Jessica August 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Don’t tell me this! I love salt!! Especially garlic salt! 😦

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