Think Sugar’s Bad for You? (Don’t) Try Salt…
January 27, 2017
Ah, salt. So good, so delicious… so dangerous?
Yes, it’s true; as great as that powdery wonderfulness is, it’s also unfortunately a devilishly unhealthy thing to put in your body if done in excess. Sure, there are several reasons we can’t get enough of the stuff – popcorn tastes better, French fries taste waaaaaay better, our skin looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g. after a dip in the ocean – but with salt, it seems the risks can sometimes outweigh the rewards.
Sorry to burst your bubble, parents, but look at it this way: if you’re taking care of a couple of newborns, you’re better off staying healthy, no? Read on.
To agree with one report, most humans have a “love affair” when it comes to salt. And if you’re reading this, chances are you said human, so you understand it’s a pretty on point hypothesis. Unfortunately, if not tamed, that love affair can turn into a tumultuous whirlwind of headaches, stress and sometimes worse—much like a real affair.
So you’re telling me to start cleaning out my spice rack?
No. Luckily, unlike real life affairs, we’re not telling you to swear off this edible one altogether. Some salt is actually good for us. It’s just how much we consume that determines the outcome.
While a basic need for our health, too much salt can affect your brain, kidneys, stomach, and heart (translation: too much salt + your body = decreased brain activity, possible kidney damage, bone thinning, high blood pressure, edema, and stomach cancer).
If it sounds like something you’d read on a “Don’t Do Drugs” YouTube ad, well, you might not be far off. That same report notes that the sodium found within salt – the part of it that makes us go all “gimme gimme gimme!” – is actually was attracts us, and the brain can respond to it in such a way that’s parallel to our body’s reaction to something harder.
Nope, not cayenne pepper or paprika or rosemary. We’re talking nicotine or even cocaine and heroin.
Whoa, seriously?! I shouldn’t be cleaning out the spice rack right now?
Nope! Again, before you toss out those saltshakers, know that it’s all about moderation. A little pinch here, a small shake there, and you’re in good shape.
But what about my kids?
Ah, yes. The important question: What does this mean for your pretty little baby? Just how much salt is healthy for them to ingest? Let’s take a look!
Per MSN.com, here’s how much salt your child can intake on any given day.
“Children 1 to 3 years old: 1,000 milligrams (about a fifth of a teaspoon)
Children 4 to 8 years old: 1,200 milligrams (about a quarter of a teaspoon)
Children 8 years and older (including adults): 1,500 milligrams” (about 3/10 of a teaspoon)
In the end, folks, just limit your child’s intake of salt and sodium, and watch them grow into the healthy do-nothing-wrong’s we all know they’ll be.