Do you use too much salt?

United States
November 11, 2006 7:53pm CST
My son layers on the salt to his food before he eats it. You can actually see a layer of salt on it. I have tried to get him to stop without success. He is 23 years old and I am concerned about the health effects.
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@reneous (716)
• United States
12 Nov 06
Chocolate Cake - Mmmmm...
I don't have this problem... mine is exactly the opposite! I can't seem to stay away from the sweets, which brings about a whole different set of health risks. I go through cravings every month that I can't seem to resist - last month it was ice cream (Weight Watchers makes chocolate ice cream cones so luckily it didn't affect my weight!)... this month it's been chocolate cake. That might end up being a problem;)
@zuri25 (2127)
• United States
12 Nov 06
I put salt on pretty much everything, even if it was salted during the cooking process. I know I shouldnt because it's not good for me, but it's become habit. Maybe you have to shock him into stopping, like by showing a picture of the effects of too much salt intake. I don't know, I'm just grasping at straws here myself.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
12 Nov 06
That is too much. I do use too much, but not quite that bad.
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• United States
15 Feb 07
I even went so far as to clogging up the holes on the shaker. He will smack the bottom until he gets what he wants.
• United States
15 Feb 07
I even went so far as to clogging up the holes on the shaker. He will smack the bottom until he gets what he wants.
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@delina123 (2455)
• Canada
12 Nov 06
No I dont but my stepfather does
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• United States
12 Nov 06
I have tried to get him to use salt alternatives but he refuses.
• United States
19 Feb 07
Overuse of salt is not a good thing. Maybe trying to use half salt substitute and half salt and ween him back on the salt.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
Yes, I would be too. That is scary, have him get a blood pressure checkup. You maybe surprised, he could be someone who has low blood pressure like me. I have very low BP, so it can do me a lot of good, and yet, I still do not layer it on...isn't wierd how that is. Same goes for those people that like a lot of sugar, they are usually the ones that have the higher sugar levels. I guess we all have our Achilles' Heels.
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@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
16 Feb 07
Sneaky practices are obviously required here. Empty his salt container (or wait till it is emptied) and refill it with an alternative and don't tell him. Cross your fingers so he doesn't realise. I think it might be a boy thing. My ex over salts his food to the point of 'how can he taste the food?', my Dad used to but he is diabetic now and has to use the substitute. My male friend assalts his food as well. He's a very fussy eater but no amount of information on the bad effects (even deadliness) of salt can deter him. I once read something aboput the detrimental effects of salt and I stopped using it..even in cookery with no ill effects...all I noticed is my taste buds came back to life lol. I find myself using it again now and I'm thinking it may be my body telling me I need it. I'd better look into that. Good luck.
• Canada
16 Feb 07
I used to love salt on my food and then last year found out I had high blood pressure and had to illiminate all salt from my diet . I found it extremely hard to do and at times still find it hard . When I found out this I realized that the chances were great for my children to have the same problems as me as it has run in our generation for years , I took it out of the diet for all my family . I am only thirty five years old and have a lot of health problems for my age . You never think it will happen to you but when it does it is too late .
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@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
16 Feb 07
I donĀ“t use any salt at all for health reasons. Food can be very tasty without salt by adding fresh herbs and spices. Too much salt clogs up the arteries. Maybe you could get your son to eat a meal with the adequate amount of salt and a few herbs to see if he likes it?
• United States
16 Feb 07
My mother in law did the same. We teased her about it. It was pure white. Know what? She lived to 99 with the salts, fried foods, and sugar.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 07
I have the same problem with my husband. He loves adding fish sauce (with matching calamansi juice and red pepper) or bagoong (shrimp paste) to the food he eats. I always warn him about the health effects of his habit, not to mention the foul odor of those condiments LOL, but he'll only smile and tell me that he won't enjoy eating without them. I worry that he'll have kidney stones or anything serious about his health.
@bigstret (484)
16 Feb 07
uck how can he eat it like that!? The recomended daily limit for everyone is just 6g. Theres already far too much salt in some foods nowadays without adding more! I would also be conserned if he was my son, i would take him to see a Dr who could explain all the health problems which he is asking by by eating that much. Too much salt could eventually kill him! It causes high blood pressure, heart desease and strokes.
• United States
12 Nov 06
I am not a big salt fan i only use salt on my fries
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@sunita64 (6473)
• India
12 Nov 06
Your concern is genuine. Excessive salt intake leads to frequent headaches and increased blood pressure.
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• United States
12 Nov 06
thats just too much salt...I don't think I really even use that much salt..its not good for you..I know people who put salt on things before they even taste them
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