On a recent trip in a country where almost everything I ate in restaurants was made from scratch and with fresh local veggies, I noticed myself doing something I rarely do—salting my food. I even found myself craving salt, but in a good way. We are taught in the states that salting your food should be kept to a minimum—but is it really bad to salt your food?
It All Depends…
The answer to this question is not clear-cut. First off, we must remember that our bodies require salt to survive. No more than 2,300 mg per day. It is unlikely that you will consume that much salt by salting your food while cooking or after a meal is served. So, in that sense, it’s not at all bad. But keep reading.
Processed And Takeout Foods
The average adult consumes over 3,400 mg of sodium per day, of which 70% comes from the prepackaged, processed, fast-food, canned goods, and takeout food you consume. So, while it’s not inherently bad to salt your food, it is bad to consume too much salt—and the add salt to high sodium foods.
Salt is a mineral, a seasoning, and a preservative. Without salt, food is bland, and your body deprived. With too much salt you can become dehydrated, have increased blood pressure, stomach ulcers, and more. So, salt your food—but with intention.