The Differences Between Sodium and Salt

If you mention the word “salt” to people, the vast majority know exactly what you’re talking about and what it is. “The white stuff you put on food” is the typical response, right?

Then there’s the word “sodium,” which not as many people can clearly identify. Some people use salt and sodium interchangeably, as if they were the exact same thing, but that’s not the case.

Sodium is actually a naturally-occurring mineral that is found in foods or added during the manufacturing process. Did you know, for example, that milk, beets and celery all contain sodium, naturally. In other words no human has to add sodium to those things since it’s already there the way nature intended. Meanwhile, the mineral sodium is popular, enough that manufacturers love adding it to foods we buy at the store. When you get frozen dinners from the local grocery store (or lunch meat or canned soup) for example, chances are high that they are quite loaded with sodium, which has been added to those items at the manufacturing plant.

So what’s salt? Technically, salt is the combination of both sodium and chloride. Typical table salt is about 40% sodium and 60% chloride.

How much salt should a healthy adult take in, per day? According to the American Heart Association recommendation you should eat less than 1,500 mg per day, which equates to about two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt. As you can imagine, most Americans don’t follow this recommendation; we’re eating way too much salt, and that’s bad for heart health.

Benson’s Gourmet Seasonings help enhance the flavor of food without…you guessed it… salt. These salt-free, sugar-free seasonings are ideal for health conscious people.

Has your doctor told you to cut down on your salt intake? Though you might be tempted to load salt onto the foods you eat, consider alternative options like the seasonings from Benson’s. For example, the Supreme Garlic & Herb Seasoning is the company’s most popular blend. It ends up on poultry, pork, veggies and even pasta dishes. You can see and order various salt-free seasonings here: