In result of the arising statistics of hypertension and diabetes patients around the world, it is natural to find n enemy to blame, and so salt was the enemy facing reply serious scrutiny recently. But how bad salt is for us? Like most things in life, moderation is the key. You shouldn’t empty your salt shaker on each meal or toss it away either. So why not to give salt a chance before judging it for all your health issue?
Check out these surprising benefits of salt.
1- Our Bodies Need Salt.
Sodium and salt re often mentioned together until people believe that salt is sodium. Sodium is a mineral that when combined with chloride forms salt, so salt is 40% sodium.
Our bodies not only our taste buds actually need salt, it turns out that salt helps to maintain proper blood volume, sending nerve impulses throughout the body and maintaining normal cell function.
Indeed salt can sometimes act as an antidepressant and what’s even more surprising, is that our bodies at just good enough in maintaining normal levels of salt by making you thirsty to drink more after to flush out any excess amounts of salt.
2- Salt is Not the Only Source Of Sodium.
If you are concerned about the amount of sodium you take in, then not only table salt you should be monitoring and avoiding, sodium can be hiding in other surprising foods.
Cheeses are just one of the biggest culprits, blue cheese, feta and processed cheeses like string cheese contain a hefty amount of sodium.
Enhanced chicken is another source of sodium that you may not be aware of, some producers inject raw chicken with salt water solution to plump it up, increase the weight and keep it fresher for longer, which makes a regular piece of chicken packs more sodium than you expect.
If you are having cheese and chicken on a sandwich, know that even the bread too contains sodium, one piece of processed bread can contain 180 milligrams of sodium, the amount varies in different types of bread.
3- Sodium Present In Natural Foods Too.
Sodium is present in the soil and in the foods animals eat. So some foods have a natural occurrence of sodium. Half a cup of cooked beets contains 65 milligrams of sodium, while a medium stalk of celery will provide 32 milligrams and 8 baby carrots have 69 milligrams of sodium.
Unprocessed animal produce also contain sodium, three ounces of ground beef cooked will contain 72 milligrams of sodium while three ounces of boneless chicken breasts will add 44 milligrams.