At least there's one area I can consider myself, 'above average" :-)
Me thinks they make up stats...
What you say?? That's crazy??
I heard something like this a while back. All I know is that I am restricted to 1500 mg. a day and doing so has improved my blood pressure and kidney disease. I was advised, however, not to go below 1000 mg. a day or it would upset my electrolyte balance and potentially kill me.
Drink a lot of water.
I actually supplement my sodium intake daily - I consume 2 bouillon cubes before working out each afternoon. I don’t eat more than 20g to 25g of carbs each day and my kidneys excrete sodium immediately. Absent my lunch of 2 bouillon cubes each day, I can’t make it through a workout without a massive headache and low performance.
But, I do agree that most Americans consume far too much sodium. People who eat ANY processed food whatsoever get too much.
The studies show that the blood pressure improvements due to reduced sodium intake are only applicable to a small percentage of people.
Most people see little blood pressure benefit from reduced sodium intake.
You know what? I am so sick of this. I am going to eat what I want, where I want, when I want, and wash it down with a a stiff vodka tonic. When my body has had enough, I’ll die. But dammit, while I’m alive, I want to live like Winston Churchill, not Richard Simmons.
Yah think? Salt is necessary to life.
You don't get enough you die.
try an ‘outback’ baked potato ... enough salt for a month.
But there can never be too many things you can use to bully people into obeying you.
Salt's primary sin is that it makes food taste better which leads to eating more than we should. A salt free diet is guaranteed to produce a weight loss. You would be surprised at how much less one eats if the food doesn't taste good.
I have developed high blood pressure in the past few years while my sodium levels are "too low," according to my doctor!
I've never cared much for salty foods, never added table salt to my foods, especially when eating out.
I do know that people with a history of kidney stones, can lessen them by keeping their sodium intake to around 1,000 - 1,500.
Now I will discuss a subject regarding low sodium killing babies that some of you might remember, a formula using I think, soy for babies, who weren't being nursed by their mothers and couldn't tolerate milk from cows, so were put on a soy formula. Evidently, the sodium levels were not high enough and the babies died!
There is a problem with low sodium that is unhealthy as well as too high sodium but consumption, at least for adults doesn't always add up to being the culprit and in the case of a blood pressure, consuming or not consuming salt, doesn't always give the result expected.
About 35 years ago a manufacturer of baby milk replacer had to recall his product. Several babies got sick as the forgot to add a necessary ingredient. salt.
I add salt to every vegetable I have to boil - potatoes, peas, corn, broccoli etc. - then add more on the plate. Never had a problem, and my BP is still in the ‘normal’ range for my age. Too much bs on max quantities, and not enough on moderation.