The human body needs 1,000 to 3,300 milligrams of salt a day. The average adult consumes 5,000 milligrams per day! Too much salt has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and other illnesses.
Too much salt can also turn you into a water-retaining blimp. Worse yet, eating salt makes you crave more salt! No wonder snack food companies make so many salty items!
Stop reaching for the salt shaker! Many foods, especially processed foods, are full of salt before they reach the table.
A cup of potato salad can have more than 1,300 milligrams of sodium, three ounces of canned ham almost 1,000. A slice of cheese adds 406. milligrams of sodium to your sandwich. Read labels and opt for lower-salt versions of your favorite foods.