How Much Salt Are You Actually Eating?

How Much Salt Are You Actually Eating?

Piles and piles of it, if you’re like most of us. But change isn’t actually that hard.

We all eat too much sugar and salt. Well, many of us do. But just how far are we going overboard?

If you are thinking of trying to cut back on your salt intake, you have to know what target your trying to hit when it comes to healthier eating in order to hit it. So, here it goes. 

According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, Americans eat an average of 3,400 mg of sodium each day. That’s way over the recommended daily intake of 2,300 mg per day, which is about 1 teaspoon.

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The foods that contain the most salt are usually processed dishes like pizza, soups, cold cuts and bacon. These can all be salt troughs.

Start by trying to eat more freshly prepared foods, in order to cut down on your intake, and be patient. According to experts, your taste for salt is acquired, so if you cut back on it slowly you won’t even miss it. Decrease it gradually. You’ll likely find that, in contrast to having salt cravings you actually find many dishes to be too salty. You’ll seek out less salt, and begin tasting the full flavor of natural foods once again. 

Eating a lower salt diet has many benefits, including reducing your chances of developing high blood pressure and hypertension. For ideas on cooking with less salt, click here.  

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