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Less Salt May Be Too Hard To Swallow

Most Americans are unable to limit consumption of sodium to 2,300 mg a day, so will an even more restrictive guideline be too challenging and discouraging?

The proposed new Dietary Guideline recommendation is 1500 mg sodium daily. With 9 out of 10 Americans consuming too much sodium already, the effectiveness of such a guideline isn’t realistic, unless there is education in tandem with that guideline. Oh, but there’s more. Such guidelines also need to consider the cost of reduced sodium products for those on limited budgets as well as nutrition concerns such as a probable increase in use of flavor enhancers such as MSG. This type of reaction has already been experienced with the preponderance of artificial sweeteners. Emphasis needs to be on education and understanding how to season foods with herbs, spices, and different cooking techniques that do not add additional sodium but enhance the food for maximum flavor and enjoyment. People have much more control over putting down the salt shaker and awakening new taste bud pleasures than trying to figure out sodium content in food products.

Whether it’s 1,500 mg, 2000 mg, or something in between, there’s no question that you and I can control

1) how much salt we add to our food

2) the amount of salt in foods we cook and bake, and

3) if we purchase packaged foods with salt added to them.

What’s your opinion? Is 1500 mg of sodium daily too challenging or discouraging?