Each salt molecule is formed by chlorine and sodium. Every day under normal conditions an adult needs 100-600 mg of sodium every day, which represent 0,25-1,5 g of salt. We often assume a bigger amount of salt, passing up to ten times our real need and so thus omitting endanger our health.
Specific dangers of salt consumption
In fact an excessive consumption of salt may be responsible for diseases such as:
- Hypertension -> people suffering from high pressure may pay more attention to salt intake;
- Osteoporosis -> salt glut promotes calcium renal excretion; calcium is an important mineral from which deficiency can cause osteoporosis;
- Obesity -> salt doesn’t have kcals but its excessive consumption may It can cause a significant increase in thirst which consequently can lead to the assumption of various sweetened drinks.
Meanwhile an excessive riduction of salt’s consumpion may be dangerous for us, because sodium is a fundamental mineral of our body. It regulates the water balance, the acid-base balance and other cellular functions. And also, especially in summer, its lack can decrease appetite and mental clarity.
Concerning feed, packaged food are the most dangerous. In addition to limiting their consumption, there are other easy useful tips:
- Use a little salt in cooking;
- Limit foods in salt and sausages;
- Try to give more flavor with spices, lemon, vinegar.
Eating at restaurants or fast foods may be malicious from this point of view.
There are also a lot of kinds of salt that can be considered healthy for their characteristics. For example: iodized salt, great for reducing thyroid problems; sodium salt, to fight hypertension; sea salt, which unlike the others has not undergone refining processes.
At last, salt consumption is one of the main aspects of our feed. Adjusting it now may be useful in the future, preventing diseases and other disorders harmful for health.
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