Lewis W. Diuguid

Overconsumption of salt raises questions

Updated: 2013-05-15T15:24:21Z

Recently authorities admonished at least one snack maker for adding caffeine to chewing gum. Caffeine is in many snack foods.

Now officials are questioning a second of the four all-American food groups — salt. People had been advised to cut back on their sodium intake, mainly in the use of salt in food.

An Institute of Medicine report says there is limited evidence that a super-low sodium diet would be better for individuals’ heart health. Americans, however, consume way too much salt – 1.5 teaspoons of salt per day, according to some estimates.

That much salt increases water retention and contributes to obesity and heart trouble. Salt, however, is in many foods that Americans eat.

Salt with caffeine, fat and sugar constitute the four American food groups — especially in junk foods.

But cutting back on any of these couldn’t hurt anyone.

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