South Beach Diet - Salt - yes? no?

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01-20-2010, 07:22 PM
I can't find anywhere in any of the cookbooks or on this site, any comments on salt use.

Sure, less salt will help you shed the water weight faster, probably, but can we use salt in cooking or at the table?

My husband and I are in the second week of Phase 1.


01-20-2010, 07:28 PM
I love mortons light salt when replacing reg salt and yes, even on SB I try to watch salt. It is mostly because of water weight but its good for your health and heart as well!

I am not sure on SB official policy =)

01-20-2010, 07:34 PM
I'm not a huge salt fan, but I certainly enjoy it in moderation. I know it can affect WL, but I don't deprive myself of something just because it's going to affect water weight.

01-20-2010, 07:41 PM
I agree with Lexxis, salt is fine on SBD, but in moderation.

01-20-2010, 08:03 PM
Just as I pulled up your post, I heard Diane Sawyer on the nightly news reporting on a new study showing if everyone limited their sodium intake to just a tsp. per day, we would prevent 120,000 new cases of heart disease per year..the problem with salt isn't the temporary water wt. is the fact that sodium makes your arteries less elastic, less stretchy, and that leads to high blood pressure and heart disease.

None of this is new news. The AMA is trying get the FDA to consider sodium an additive to better be able to regulate it. It is a big darned deal no matter what diet any of us are following. The worst part is, it is in everything. The otherwise healthy whole wheat bread I love has 220 mg. of sodium in one delicious slice. *sigh. If we are to stick to 2400 mg. or less, that is a tenth of a day right there...Beware.

01-20-2010, 08:26 PM
maryblu- I completely agree with you... although its hard not to when it is raw data, lol. I think the health benefits of really reducing your sodium intake is HUGE and I know it might seem like the new thing that every one is talking about but my dad is a doc and he has been saying it for years! Heart health in general should be on top of peoples list of why they are dieting! This means... salt in moderation.

Also, they say bread is the #1 culprit because people don't realize how much is in it!

01-20-2010, 08:57 PM
Useful to remember that if we are not eating processed foods, a lot of sodium is already cut from our diet. Processed foods are full of sodium.