When I first saw the headline in My Google Reader I thought, haven’t we know this for 25 years? But then again if 25 years later we are still eating too much salt, I guess the stories still need to be written. Here is a link to the CDC article on sodium intake that caught my attention. And here is a link a Food Consumer summary of the CDC report on salt intake. It really is worth reading!
What can be done to reduce your salt intake? Well, the number one thing is to reduce your intake of processed foods. Probably 70 or 80% if the salt the average person consumes comes from processed foods. Prepare more of your own food and you will consume less salt. By preparing more of your food, you will also consume fewer preservatives and other chemicals. You will season to your taste and use many other seasonings that will allow you to drastically reduce your use of salt.
Of course, there are some deniers that claim the levels of salt we are being warned about are not actually bad for you. But these days there are deniers for every science research study published. As usual, it is difficult to know exactly what the truth is. I do know this though, prepare more of your own food and you will be healthier, salt or no salt.