What are the risks of excess salt?
The role of salt in the body
So how much salt is OK?
- McDonalds hamburger = 469.3 mg of sodium
- 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce = 879mg of sodium (Coconut Aminos are a better option)
- Packaged Marie Callendars frozen lasagna = 1,620 of sodium
- Grilled 5 oz chicken breast = 141mg of sodium
- Sodium chloride (table salt): An industrial product made in large processing plants and makes up over 90% of the salt used in commercial industry. It is heated to around 1200 degrees F and treated with caustic soda, then “anti-caking agents like aluminum hydroxide are then added. Unfortunately high levels of aluminum are very dangerous and carry a ton of side effects such as a possible link to Alzheimer’s disease. (3) This type of salt should be used sparingly.
- Sea salt: Similar to table salt, in that it is mostly just sodium chloride, however depending on where it was harvested, it usually does contain some trace minerals such as potassium, iron and zinc.
- Kosher salt: Similar to table salt but less likely to contain additives, and has a larger salt “flake”
- Pink Himalayan crystal salt is sourced from the deep mines within the Himalayas in large crystals. It contains over 80 essential minerals. Opt for this type of salt whenever possible.
- 1/4 teaspoon salt = 575 mg sodium
- 1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,150 mg sodium
- 3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,725 mg sodium
- 1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium