In yesterday's post on Osteoporosis and Bone Health, salt was mentioned as a contributing culprit in osteoporosis. Sodium in excess is also a mitigating factor in heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, and many other ailments.
In "Osteoporosis: Diet Dangers - Foods to Avoid", salt is high on the list of hazards.
Of all the dangers to bone, salt is perhaps the hardest to curb.
Salt shows up in nearly all processed foods, including whole grain breads, breakfast cereals, and fast foods.
Removing the salt shaker from the table, and cooking without added salt, helps. But avoiding processed foods provides the biggest bang for the buck. Processed foods supply 75% of the sodium we eat.
If you want to get a grip on this diet danger, here are some of the highest-salt foods to limit or avoid. Choose no-added salt versions whenever possible.
- Processed meats, such as deli turkey and ham, and hot dogs
- Fast food, such as pizza, burgers, tacos, and fries
- Processed foods, including regular and reduced-calorie frozen meals
- Regular canned soups and vegetables and vegetable juices
- Baked products, including breads and breakfast cereals
When you dine out, check the web sites of your favorite restaurants for the sodium content of the dishes you order most often. If your typical meals exceed 800 milligrams of sodium, opt for lower-sodium alternatives, such as grilled fish or chicken, steamed vegetables, baked potato, and salad. Request that your meal be prepared without salt, too.
If you think you can’t lower your salt sufficiently, eat plenty of potassium-rich foods, such as bananas, tomatoes, and orange juice. Potassium may help decrease the loss of calcium.
Snack foods and pre-packaged, processed items are usually loaded with too much salt.
I have often noticed how restaurants continue to dump tons of salt into everything.
If you see someone blowing and wiping salt off his french fries, that's probably me. I hate salt. I never put salt on anything, except a little tiny bit on popcorn and french fries. Food with too much salt is inedible to me. I want to taste flavor, not flavor enhancers like MSG or salt.
Salt is commonly used as a cop out. Bad chefs sprinkle it on foods liberally to compensate for how bland something tastes. The best solution for bland food is spices, marinades, sauces, and natural flavorings, not salt.
Excessive salt lurks in foods and drinks that you might not suspect of being salt-laden. Check how high the sodium content is in bread, juices, vegetable dishes, desserts, breakfast foods, pasta, and even alcohol.
In "No Doubt About the Health Dangers of Salt", New Scientist provides information on some other hazards of too much salt. While salt is a required substance for our bodies, we consume way more than we actually need.
The benefits of salt reduction may also extend further. Links have repeatedly been reported between high salt intake and chronic kidney damage, stomach cancer and osteoporosis.
There is no doubt that our salt intake is excessive.
A typical British adult consumes roughly 8.6 grams of salt per day. Americans consume even more, about 10 g, which is almost twice the recommended limit in the US. It is also over six times what the body actually needs.
Table Salt, the manufactured kind you find at grocery stores and restaurants, is what we're primarily talking about, not Korean bamboo salt, Himalayan crystal salt, natural rock salt, brine, or sea salt.
Global Healing Center explains what's in Table Salt.
These chemicals include everything from manufactured forms of sodium solo-co-aluminate, iodide, sodium bicarbonate, fluoride, anti-caking agents, toxic amounts of potassium iodide and aluminium derivatives. It may come as a shock, but most table salt is not only unhealthy, but can sometimes be toxic.
Other salts add things such as processed white sugar and toxic MSG (mono-sodium-glutamate).
And what about the color of table salt? Salt found in the natural world is not usually white. Table salt has been colored white with bleach.
And where does this salt come from? Much of it is the actual flaky residue from oil digging. That is correct. Crude oil extract is one way we produce table salt.
DHerbs, in "The Bitter Truth About Salt", echoes the nearly criminal assault on health perpetrated by common petrochemically derived White Table Salt.
This salt that's being consumed today is really nothing but crude oil extract - a gift from the Rockefeller-owned petroleum industry.
When oil workers are digging for oil in the earth, the digging leaves a flaky residue. Piles of it!
It would actually cost the petroleum or oil industry millions of dollars to dispose of this toxic waste product, but the Rockefellers bribed the food industry and the federal government into allowing them to convert it (crude oil extract) into a chemical food additive called table salt.
So instead of losing millions of dollars by dumping this waste product, the Rockefellers and their oil industry actually make or profit million of dollars. Clever, wouldn't you say? Yes, diabolical, but very clever -- diabolically clever!
Anyways, the Rockefellers and other elitists see the American people as human trash cans whereby you can dispose of any unwanted industrial waste.
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