Salt: "the new bad guy"
Meredith Cohn has a good story on salt in today's paper. I was looking at the list of foods to pay most attention to, and it pretty much constitutes 90 percent of the American diet:
meat pizza, white bread, processed cheese, hot dogs, spaghetti with sauce, ham, ketchup, cooked rice, white rolls, flour tortilla, salty snacks and whole milk.
Only whole milk and ketchup really surprised me, but I don't think of white bread as opposed to whole wheat bread as being particularly salty. Maybe the health benefits of whole grains outweigh the salt risk. ...
I've written about oversalted dishes in restaurants in earlier posts, so you know my feelings. But the sad thing is when I'm in control of the salt shaker, I often salt more than I should. I just don't like someone else doing it for me.
One good thing is that it's not all or nothing these days. Companies have started giving us options, so you can taper off with, for instance, lightly salted peanuts from Planters. Then when you get used to the taste of them, you can move on to unsalted.
Still, as I mentioned in that earlier post, sometimes you can't win. Doctors say it's impossible to get too little salt in your diet, but I have a friend who did just that. He was so careful his physician thought the low sodium levels in his blood indicated a serious health problem.