Next to sugar, salt might be one of the most vilified ingredients in our diets. Practically every resource says we should be eating less of the stuff because it can lead to major health problems. But does that actually mean that the best thing to do is give up salt completely?
The answer might surprise you. While most people need to cut back on salt and sodium (and yes, the two are different!), our bodies still need the stuff to function. What’s more, getting rid of the salt shaker on your kitchen table probably isn’t the most effective way to get your intake in check.
Here’s the real deal on salt, including when it’s good and when it’s bad. Plus, answers to your other salty questions—like whether salt makes you thirsty and whether that pricey pink Himalayan stuff is really a health food.