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How Much Salt Should One Person Have?

Published on Nov 18, 2013 and last reviewed on Jun 14, 2022   -  4 min read

Abstract

Sodium, commonly called salt, is a flavoring agent added to foods. Read this article to learn more about salt intake in detail.

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How Much Salt Should One Person Have?

Introduction:

Sodium is a common mineral found naturally in foods and is added as a flavoring agent in most preparations at home and restaurants. Salt remains one of the essential ingredients in a person’s diet. The flavoring agent is added to almost every kind of food, even some sweet preparations (take a look at the covers of those chocolate biscuits you love - Yes! Surprise surprise, salt is there too). It is also contained in most of the food materials, vegetables, etc. Safe amounts of salt intake has always remained a point of concern and debate. It is found that large amounts of salt intake can damage the walls of the blood vessels (arteries), causing heart problems, stroke, and kidney diseases.

Despite the buzz around salt intake, scholars recommend salt as an important mineral the body needs. Sodium is essential for various actions like muscle contraction and relaxation, maintaining the optimum levels of water and minerals, and nerve impulse conduction. Nearly 500 mg of sodium is essential for doing all the above functions.

How Much Salt Should a Person Have?

How Can Excess Salt Affect One's Body?

What Are the Options to Replace Salt?

Here Are Some Tips to Reduce Salt Intake -

What Happens When One Takes too Less Salt?

Is It Necessary to Limit Salt Intake?

It is necessary to limit salt intake, especially in people suffering from high blood pressure. It is acceptable to stick to a minimal salt intake diet. Certain studies suggest, taking less than 3 grams of salt per day, increases the risk of heart diseases and has a negative impact on the overall health.

People with blood pressure can also follow a few other points, in addition to reduced salt intake, to keep blood pressure in check.

Conclusion:

Reducing salt intake can definitely benefit us in leading a healthy life. Education is necessary on this topic, so that people will be more aware of how to use salt in the diet effectively.

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