If your blood pressure is normal is there any reason to avoid sodium?
Fact or fiction: If your blood pressure is normal, salt is OK. Or to put it another way, unless you have high blood pressure, there’s no reason to specifically avoid sodium.
Fact, or fiction?
Major fiction. Salt does all sorts of bad things to our arteries besides just raising blood pressure, contributing to the deaths of about 150,000 Americans every year. So try to keep sodium intake under about 1500mg a day, which means a single slice of bacon could take you over the top for the entire day.
Which has more sodium, though? More salt? A serving of beef, a serving of baked all-natural chicken, a large McDonald’s French fries, or a serving of salted pretzels.
It’s not the pretzels…or the fries, or the beef. Why does straight chicken have so much salt in it? It’s because the poultry industry injects the carcasses with salt water to artificially inflate the weight, and they can still label it 100% natural. Consumer Reports found some supermarket chicken so plumped with salt that it registered 840 mg per serving. That’s off the charts, like half our days sodium in half a chicken breast.
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