Shaking off the salt

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Salt is more than something you put on your food, or rub into the wounds of an enemy.

If we took a fantastic voyage like they did back in the 60s in that film of the same name, we might see how salt helps the body’s essential functions.

We can’t do that, but we can take a quick look at the role salt plays in our lives.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest says we could save the lives of 100-thousand Americans every year if we cut out 2,000 milligrams of salt a day. That sounds like a lot, but it’s really less than a teaspoon.

The salt police say, on average, we put about twice that amount into our bodies every day, about 4,000 milligrams. And that includes all the salt already in the food we buy.

Take your typical can of green beans. One serving is a half-a-cup, but who eats just a half-a-cup? If you did, you would get 380 milligrams of salt.

A half-cup of low-sodium carrots adds 140 milligrams to your total.

And if you serve up the beans and carrots with a baloney sandwich, then wash it all down with a margarita, then you are pushing 3,000 milligrams just at lunch.

Lots of us like salt, but the problem is that by the time we eat what is in our pantries, or from the restaurant, and then shake on a lot more salt, well, pretty soon we could end up like the salt vampire from Star Trek. And trust us, that is not a good look for anyone.

Just some food for thought.