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The Scoop on Salt

Like most things in life, the key to salt is finding a healthy balance. Our bodies need a certain equilibrium of sodium and water in order to function properly. Too much or too little of either can upset the balance and cause health problems like heart disease and high blood pressure… a salty situation, if you will. 

Consuming some salt is actually essential for our bodies. Salt contains important vitamins and minerals that help maintain proper blood pH, body temperature, fluid balance, and nerve and muscle function. However, according the the American Heart Association, too much sodium in your system can cause your body to retain water, putting an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. They recommend consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams a day (ideally even less than 1,500 mg), but realistically the average American eats about 3,400 mg of salt each day!

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association created the “Salty Six,” a list of six surprising foods that add the most salt to our diets. The Salty Six includes bread & rolls, cold cuts & cured meats, sandwiches, pizza, chicken, and SOUP! That’s why we stepped in. While most soups and broths contain high levels of sodium, BOU cubes are better for you with 30% less sodium than leading brands, bringing the Salty Six down to a Five.

By Carlyn Shear, Editorial Manager