Several studies have shown that food sold in Canada often contain more salt than those found in other countries. Even our neighbors to the south, though recognized as the champion of junk food in the world, on the shelves of their supermarket products containing less sodium than those sold here! Breakfast cereals to canned vegetables, to serve dishes, Canadians eat very salty Known as salt, when consumed in excess, can have adverse effects on health, but many believe to be misinformed about its real effects.

The dangers of salt

Researchers have good reason to worry about the consequences of excessive consumption of salt on health! It seems that every year, this habit is responsible for tens of thousands of cardiovascular events many of which are fatal. The sodium in salt can have multiple adverse effects on health. Excessive consumption of sodium causes water retention problems. Some of the consequences of water retention are aesthetic. For example, women who are water retention are more prone to cellulite. In addition, the salt, causing drying fabrics, can accelerate aging of the skin, as well as the sun or the cigarette.

The salt will also attack internal tissues, making them lose their natural elasticity, it increases the risk of developing edema and high blood pressure, where the risk of potentially fatal accidents. It has been clearly demonstrated that excessive consumption of salt could lead, in some people, a heart or kidney failure. Research also makes a link between excessive consumption of sodium and osteoporosis. Salt could eventually facilitate the development of certain cancers of the digestive system. Some people are particularly sensitive to the adverse effects of salt, those who are prone to all kinds of inflammations or who have a history of cardiovascular disorders and hypertension should, more than others, pay attention to their consumption.


Should completely cut the salt?

Still not! The risks described above are real, but they threaten especially people whose salt intake greatly exceeds the recommended doses. The problem is that many people who, sometimes without even realizing it, eat too much salt! Sodium, which is naturally present in the body and beneficial at low doses, should be consumed in moderation, such as sugar, fat or alcohol, for example. Not only in small doses, salt has no negative effect on health, it is essential to it. To function properly, the body needs a supply of about two grams of salt per day minimum. Someone whose diet does not contain any sodium could quickly suffer from deficiencies that could affect inter Alia, the functioning of his kidneys. Sodium can also retard dehydration. Finally, the salt is fortified with iodine and fluorine, two compounds essential to health in small doses, but it should not be abused.

Recommended daily intake can be up to 7 grams per day, although it varies depending on various factors such as age and health status. However, it should be remembered that the majority of our salt intake comes not from the salt shaker, but the food we buy. Most people exceed the recommended dose of salt even if they do not salted while cooking. In fact, salt is everywhere in bread, cheese, cold meats, canned goods, breakfast cereals and, of course, prepared meals. It is very difficult to escape. So do not simply relegate to oblivion salt. It should also be very careful when buying food. Remember that often even the foods that seem more harmless actually contain a lot of sodium.

Tips for eating less salt without suffering

It is not easy to reduce salt intake. On the one hand, the salt has the property to bring out the taste of food. Salting less, you may find it strangely bland dishes for some time. Eventually, however, you learn to appreciate the subtleties of different flavors, because the salt is addictive. On the other hand, we have said, salt is everywhere and try to avoid it sometimes becomes a nightmare. Here are some tips that may help you reduce your salt intake.

* Avoid as much as possible to buy ready meals. In general, try to turn to foods that have been minimally processed as possible. For example, choose fresh vegetables or frozen, rather than canned, buy natural oatmeal instead of porridge flavored, etc.

* Stay away from condiments trade, often very high in sodium. Of course, when you cook, add less salt to food as possible. To enhance the taste of your food, try using spices or herbs. You can even discover new flavors that will make you quickly forget that you leave behind!

* Carefully read the labels of the products you buy. Often, the sodium content of food will be indicated. In general, try to buy foods that list of ingredients is as short as possible. Several companies now offer low sodium products which can be a good option if you do not always have time to cook yourself.

* Stop smoking! You will taste much better food and do not need to add salt to excess.

* Studies have shown that vitamin C could be a natural antidote to the evils of salt. If you have difficulty reducing your salt intake for now, do not skimp on your consumption of citrus!

It is easily possible to reduce salt intake, as long as one is a little vigilant. Remember that even if your health is good at the moment and you do not suffer from high blood pressure or other health problems, the effects of sodium abuse can take many years to manifest. It is never too early to pay attention to his body. Prevention is better than cure!