Salt has been with us for thousands of years.

The Egyptians used it in religious rituals and trade.

The Greeks bought slaves with it.

The Romans paid their soldiers with it (hence the word “salary”).

European plutocracies ran on salt, Confederate troops suffered for want of it, and these days, it can be found in pantries everywhere.

Salt was once a precious resource and now it’s a humdrum condiment.

C’est la vie. ?

Salt–the most important mineral in human history–has become even less than a lowly condiment, actually.

It’s now one of the most demonized nutrients in our modern diets.

The US government has been warning us about the (supposed) dangers of salt for decades now, which include an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.

Newer research casts doubt on these assumptions, though, suggesting that it may not be as harmful as we once believed.

Well, in this episode, we’re going to break it all down and learn…

-What sodium is.
-Why sodium is (apparently) bad for you.
-How much sodium you should eat.
-How much sodium is too much.
-How to control your sodium intake.

And more…

Let’s get started.

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TIME STAMPS

3:27 – What is sodium?

5:06 – Why are we told that sodium is bad?

9:32 – How much sodium should I have every day?

12:33 – Does sodium intake affect weight loss?

13:55 – How do you reduce your sodium intake?

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