Real Simple

DON’T BE AFRAID

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Americans tend to consume too much sodium, but if you eat mostly homemade meals, “you’re likely only getting a fraction of what you’d get from packaged food or takeout,” says Lauren Slayton, RD, host of the podcast Foodtraine­rs. And of course, when cooking at home, you have the flexibilit­y to add less salt, if you prefer. Also, using a bit of salt can help people eat more vegetables: “Since it mellows bitterness, salt can make broccoli, cauliflowe­r, and Brussels sprouts more appealing,” Slayton says. She even adds a pinch to her morning coffee (instead of sugar) to tame its bitter bite.

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