Reducing Salt And Sugar For Better Health

Salt and Sugar both play very important roles in the body. Sugar provides you with energy. And salt helps balance the fluids in your body. However, many people take in too much salt and sugar, which can be harmful to your health.

Sugar is a source of energy found in many different forms in processed and natural foods. Sugar is found in processed form as bread, pasta, or white sugar, as well as naturally in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Added sugars in processed foods and drinks should be limited in a healthy diet. Consuming too much sugar may lead to weight gain; sugar, in the form of glucose, is taken up by cells in the body and stored as fat. If you store too much fat, you can gain weight and increase your risk for many health problems.

Although salt does not add any calories to your diet, it can raise your blood pressure by making you retain fluid. Eating too many salty foods and added salt to your meals has been linked to increased heart disease risk.

Salt and sugar can make food taste better, but can also be harmful to your health. So, cut some of the salt and sugar out of your meals and snacks each day so you can look and feel better.

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Amy Campbell MS, RD, LDN, CDE is an experienced health, nutrition and diabetes educator and communicator with more than 25 years of experience within the healthcare sector. Amy has extensive expertise in editing and writing for patients, consumers and healthcare professionals; public speaking, teaching and group facilitation; project and account management; and content and curriculum development.


She is currently the Director for Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures LLC, a Health Professional Advisor at the Egg Nutrition Center, and a blogger/Writer for Madavor Media.

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