Healthy Eating: Is Salt-Free Food Harmful Or Useful?

One of the most popular hobbies of healthy eating advocates is cooking in a double boiler, without salt and spices. Everyone has heard that excess salt is harmful, but do we know the dangers of its deficiency in our bodies?

To understand whether we need to consume this product, we need to find out whether it is good for us. Table salt is sodium chloride. Without sodium, muscle contraction and the transmission of nerve impulses are impossible.

When the body lacks or has a small amount of this trace element, a person may feel drowsy and weak, and in the worst cases, impaired coordination of movements. Chlorine is needed for the secretion of gastric juices, as hydrochloric acid is formed with the help of chlorine ions. Moreover, salt is the only source of chlorine for humans.

When there is a lack of salt, the body uses its reserves, which are located in bone and muscle tissue. The consequences of this can be nervous disorders, depression, and disorders of the digestive and cardiovascular systems. It is believed that the human body is safe without salt for 10 days.

How much of this product should you consume to avoid harming yourself? The body should constantly have about 200-300 grams of salt.

A person should consume about 1-1.5% of this per day, which is an average of 5-6 grams per day. After all, we get salt in many foods, and this should be kept in mind. Consumption of salt in large quantities causes water retention in the body tissues, which increases the amount of adipose tissue. Edema appears the kidneys and cardiovascular system suffer, and blood pressure rises. Both an excess and a deficiency of this important component affect vision and often cause cataracts.

Experts in this field assure that the amount of salt a person receives in food is enough and that “salting” food contributes to the development of various diseases.

So, whether or not your salt intake is beneficial depends on you. The main thing for a person is a normal water-salt balance, so it is very important to adhere to the norm.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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