Pass the Sea Salt, Please?

September 29, 2010

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TIME Magazine wrote an article in which they announced 9 out of 10 Americans are eating too much salt. That’s 90 percent! While current guidelines recommend the average serving to be 2,300 mg, just a teaspoon, per day, the CDC conducted a study where they found only 19% were actually meeting the standard. The amount of sodium drops even more to 1,500 mg for those who are at risk for heart disease. Why so much salt? Well, you may be surprised to hear that 80% of our salt intake comes not from the table top shaker but is already in our processed foods. Many companies are already pledging to their salt content like Sara Lee, Kraft and General Mills. The FDA is also planning on working with food companies to gradually lower the sodium levels of our diet.

What is UNH doing about all the salt? In case you hadn’t noticed, last year they replaced the table salt shakers with fewer, big, black sea salt grinders. While this may have been an inconvenience to those who were always reaching for the table salt, UNH Dining was actually doing you a favor. Most of our food is already seasoned with enough salt as is, but the purpose of sea salt was that you will need less. Because it is less processed, it is more flavorful, thus you can achieve the same salty taste with less sodium! Thanks UNH!

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