We Found Out Why Salt is Dangerous and How to Limit Its Consumption

A person needs salt, but only in a certain amount – if you abuse it, salt turns from a friend into an enemy.

Humans need salt, but only in a certain amount – if you abuse it, the salt turns from a friend into an enemy, nutritionist Svitlana Fus wrote on Instagram.

What is the harm of salt?

In particular, chips, dried fish, smoked cheeses, sausages, sausages, salted biscuits, and many other prepared foods contain a lot of salt, which can form an excess in the body.

Also, the familiar habit of adding salt to dishes can easily lead to health problems. Excessive table salt puts a strain on the heart, kidneys, and liver and retains water in the tissues, leading to high blood pressure.

In addition, salt promotes overeating. As you know, it is salty foods that stimulate appetite, so people on average eat more salty foods than unsalted ones.

How to give up salt

  • It’s best to add salt at the end of cooking or when the dish is ready to serve;
  • Use natural spices to reduce the amount of salt during cooking;
  • If you “overdo it” with salty foods, try to restore the balance by eating more vegetables and fruits. Don’t forget about water;
  • If you cannot calculate how much salt you consume, pour 5 g of salt into a separate salt shaker and see if it is enough for a day; ⠀
  • Choose products with reduced or no salt content;
  • Do not abuse ready-made sauces. They contain a lot of not only salt but also sugar.
  • Consume fewer semi-finished products.
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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