Food & Nutrition

13 Things You Probably Never Knew About Salt

Extra salt might be lurking in your meat, even if you cook at home and are very careful

Meat. Raw rump steak on wood with herbsmythja/Shutterstock

According to the USDA, about 60 percent of all raw meat and poultry products are injected with or soaked in a salty ­solution. The words “enhanced,” “marinated,” “basted,” or “improved” 
on the packaging can signal the presence 
of salt. To avoid it, 
opt for label wording such as “contains up to 4 percent retained ­water,” says Christy Brissette, RDN, president of 80 Twenty Nutrition. Here are some more surprising food facts that might just change the way you eat.

Sea salt isn’t healthier

Sea salt crystals on a black backgroundfortton/Shutterstock

Sea salt may sound healthier than table salt, 
but most sea salts 
contain roughly the same proportion of 
sodium—about 
40 percent—as table salt. If you are looking for sodium-free flavoring, try garlic, pepper, oregano, 
sage, rosemary, 
and other spices or herbs.

Always try to reduce your intake

Photograph of a salt shaker close upBernardo Ramonfaur/Shutterstock

Even if you 
don’t have 
hyper­tension, 
it’s still a good idea 
to cut down on your salt intake to reduce your blood pressure, according to a 2017 ­review of 185 studies.

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