There’s really no denying it: Salted fries (and pretty much everything else) taste a heck of a lot better than plain ones. But there’s good reason to seek out salt alternatives from time to time: Going overboard on the salty stuff affects more than just your taste buds. In fact, it can lead to a host of serious health problems like hypertension, metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.
Though sodium is an electrolyte important for cyclists, most Americans consume way too much, with 90 percent of the population going over the daily recommended maximum of 2,300 milligrams, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Sodium plays a role in fluid balance, muscle contraction, nervous system signaling, and blood pressure regulation,” says dietitian Gena Hamshaw, R.D.
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