There's one simple ingredient that makes just about any food better: salt.
And if you look at most nutrition guidelines and dietary assessments, they usually tell us we should be eating less of the delicious substance.
But is salt really so dangerous that that everyone needs to avoid it? Maybe not — at least, there's more debate about the topic than the blanket recommendations would make it seem.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recently published a study that found that the average American adult consumes 3,400 mg of sodium every day — well above the recommended limit of 2,300 mg, which is even lower (1,500 mg) for many people because of age, race, ethnicity, or blood pressure. (The AHA advocates for lowering the recommended limit to 1,500 mg for everyone.)