What is salt?

Browse By

Salt is the most significant source of sodium in your diet. Also known as sodium chloride (NaCl), it comprises 40% sodium and 60% chloride. Today the terms “salt” and “sodium” are often used interchangeably .

Some varieties are fortified with iodine, iron, folic acid or a combination of these. For example, table often contains added iodine.

Sodium is essential for many essential body functions. Including fluid balance, nerve health, nutrient absorption and muscle function UFABET

Countless foods contain sodium — even foods that may taste sweet. Such as bread, cereals, cured meats, sauces, condiments, cereals, chips, crackers and soups.

Historically, has used to preserve food. High salt concentrations help prevent bacterial growth that can cause food to spoil .

Typically harvested from salt mines or by evaporating seawater or other mineral-rich water.

Many types are available. Popular varieties include plain table salt, Himalayan pink and sea salt. These may vary in taste, texture and color.

Which foods are high in salt?

Most in the modern diet comes from restaurant foods and packaged, processed foods.

Some of the top sodium contributors for adults and children in the United States include :

  • Bread: sandwich bread, baguettes, crispbread
  • Processed meats: salami, bacon, pastrami, ham, sausages
  • Salty snacks: chips, french fries, crackers, salted nuts
  • Cheese and cheese products: brie, cheese in a can, string cheese, cheddar, mozzarella
  • Grain-based desserts: muffins, cakes, cookies
  • Soups: canned, frozen, powdered

Make sure to always check the labels and nutrition panels of packaged foods. They provide helpful product information. Including the sodium content per serving.