The Truth About Salt

saltIt’s hard to watch any cooking show without the chefs asking for more seasoning, more salt, more pepper – and when it comes to ready meals? They too are packed full of salt.

Of course, there has been lots of talk recently about salt being bad for you, ready meals are bad because they are packed full of salt…and table salt? Well, you should probably avoid it.

But is their any truth to this frenzy? And are their any health benefits that we can gain from adding a little salt to our diets?

Salt is in basic terms sodium chloride.

It is the sodium in the sodium chloride that makes health professionals wary.

This is because sodium in high doses can have serious side effects.

So, if you eat a lot of salt, or food with salt in it for a prolonged period of time you could end up with high blood pressure, and are at a higher risk of heart failure and kidney disease.

These illnesses develop due to the kidneys not being able to break down the sodium, which agitates the blood and affects the rest of the system.

However, sodium does have its advantages if it has been eaten in moderation, it is even necessary for the body to function.

The primary advantages of sodium are, it’s ability to help muscles and nerves work at their optimum level, and how it can actually regulate the bloods pressure and volume as it flows through the body, a stark contrast to if you intake too much.

Salt itself is not bad.

It should not be avoided and it should not be something that you are scared of eating or incorporating into your diet.

However, it is something that you need to keep an eye on.

Having lots of meals with too much salt in can be bad news for your health, yet a little sodium chloride goes a long way to helping you remain fit and healthy!