March is National Nutrition Month, so the timing of the WCCC Weight Loss Challenge could not be better. One of the recurring points I have made to the contestants of this Challenge is that excessive salt (sodium chloride) in the diet can negatively impact your health and weight.
Too much sodium is linked to increased risk for hypertension, stroke, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, and kidney disease. In addition, excessive salt intake can lead to puffiness, bloating, and weight gain. Previous recommended daily allowances of sodium have recently been lowered to 1,500 mg (less than one teaspoon!) per day for children and adults.