Health Advice



Salt and battery: Stop excess sodium from damaging your health

By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. on

Buddha advised, "Let yourself be open, and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed." World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team from 2000 to 2016, gets to about the same conclusion her own way: "It's all in fun. I take everything with a grain of salt."

They're right about how much salt to consume <00AD>-- and because of new guidelines, it may be easier for you to get it right, too. The Food and Drug Administration just asked (not required) the restaurant and food industry to reduce sodium in processed, packaged and prepared foods by 12% over the next two-and-a-half years. A corresponding viewpoint article in JAMA Network suggests "reducing sodium intake will improve health outcomes for hundreds of thousands of individuals and could save billions in healthcare related spending ..."

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine says the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Intake for sodium is 2,300 milligrams, or 1 teaspoon, daily for anyone age 14 and older. You can reduce your intake, before the industry takes steps, by dodging hidden salt. Plain, frozen shrimp delivers around 800 milligrams in 3 ounces! Fresh, plain, unfrozen shrimp has only about 110 milligrams. Canned soup and cottage cheese -- about 700 milligrams per serving. Other unexpected culprits: tortillas, canned vegetables, vegetable juice, grocery store bagels, even canned tuna. Better choices (but do check labels): frozen veggies, low-sodium whole-wheat bread, fresh tuna -- and home-squeezed veggie juices.



Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus at Cleveland Clinic. To live your healthiest, tune into "The Dr. Oz Show" or visit

(c)2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

(c) 2021 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.



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