DON’T BE AFRAID
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.