Is sodium bad for your health? Here is everything you should know about this essential element for the body that hides some health pitfalls.
Pros: sodium functions
Salt is labeled as a food dangerous to health because of the main element that makes it up for just under half: sodium. However, sodium is necessary for our body to function properly. In fact it plays a fundamental role in the transmission of the messages that the brain sends to the body and vice versa. It is also an essential element for the functioning of the heart. But, as with almost all the things we eat, the problem is the quantity that we eat.
Cons: excess sodium
Like everything, in fact, sodium must be taken in the right doses. Too much sodium is bad for our body because it increases water retention and consequently increases the volume of blood, raising the pressure and this increases the risk of developing hypertension and heart problems such as heart attack and cerebral vascular problems such as stroke. It has been shown that sodium intake should therefore be limited to a maximum of 2,300 mg per day
, although the ideal amount should not exceed 1,500 mg per day.
What is the risk of getting too little sodium?
The possibility of taking on a quantity of sodium so low as to endanger health is very low: in fact our body does not require large quantities of sodium to function, a quarter of a teaspoon of salt a day would be enough! It is a quantity that we all normally eat through our normal diet (in fact, sodium is not present exclusively in salt). Therefore, excluding people who suffer from particular pathologies for which a controlled sodium intake is necessary or for people who due to very demanding physical activity must be careful to correctly replenish salts, the risk of not taking enough sodium is really remote.
What about the risk of taking too much sodium?
According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Health,
the per capita use of salt is estimated on average at 10 grams per day, double the maximum suggested by the World Health Organization! Precisely because sodium is not only contained in salt but also in many foods, the risk of “exceeding” the daily dose is very high. The secret is therefore to have a regulated diet rich in fruit and vegetables. We suggest you replace common salt with IDEALE
which, thanks to scientific research, has also managed to obtain a taste like that of salt but with a sodium intake reduced by upto 75%.