A recent New York Times column offered us this provocative headline: Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong. Presumably that means — it may be right, too. I think what we know mostly is right.
Too much salt is bad for us. Most of us consume too much salt. Most of the salt we consume, or roughly 80 percent, is processed into foods we didn’t prepare ourselves. Eat less of those processed foods — especially hyper-processed foods, processed meats, and fast food — and more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, unsalted nuts and seeds — and you’ll be better off for many reasons both related and unrelated to salt. Prepare meals at home from wholesome ingredients when possible and you’ll be better off. Drink plain water preferentially when thirsty — and you’ll be better off again. That’s what I think we know, and I think it’s all correct.