Salt and sodium are often used interchangeably but are they the same thing? Not exactly.
Salt is a combination of sodium and chloride. It is also often called ‘common salt’ or ‘table salt’. Salt has been used in food preparation for thousands of years, not only to provide flavour but to help preserve foods.
Sodium is a mineral that occurs naturally in foods or is added during manufacturing. It is in virtually all foods that we eat, even when they do not have any salt added to them. For example, sodium is added to some foods using some food additives, such as 'sodium saccharin (a sweetener)' and sodium metabisulphite (a preservative). When food additives are present in a food, they are identified in the ingredient list, either by name or number.
Why is too much salt bad for you?
Consuming too much salt can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney stones. Your body also needs more potassium to be able to deal with the excess salt. Exactly how salt increases blood pressure is still in dispute. The simplest explanation is that when salt intake is too high, the kidneys cannot pass it all into the urine and some ends up in the bloodstream. This then draws more water into the blood, increasing volume and pressure.
Here’s a few ways you could reduce your salt intake;
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