Is Salt Causing Your Under Eye Issues?

April 28, 2014

saltSalt is in almost everything you eat. As any healthcare professional will tell you, our sodium intake is out of control. Both the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Americans are eating as much as 3,600mg a day — more than double the recommended intake of 1,500mg max.

Besides contributing to heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity, to name a few, over ingesting salt dehydrates skin, which means more wrinkles, puffy eyes and dark circles. It also can make you bloated.

Cutting back on your salt intake isn’t as easy as putting down the salt shaker, or avoiding the obvious culprits, like pretzels and chips. Salt is sneakier than you’d think, and it’s hiding in many of the foods you’d least expect. To shrink your salt consumption, as well as the bags under your eyes, steer clear of surprising sodium traps. Before you eat, check the salt content. Less salt will make a big difference in your overall health and your battle with dark circles and puffy eyes.

Here are some foods with a high salt content:

Baked beans
Breakfast cereals
Bread and bread products
Cakes and pastries
Filled pasta
Pasta sauces
Ready meals
Tinned pasta
Tomato Ketchup

Here is a list of some foods with a low or no salt content:

Breakfast cereals
e.g. Shredded Wheat
Fresh fish
Fresh meat and poultry
Fromage frais Fruit and Vegetables (dried, fresh, frozen and tinned)
Homemade bread
Homemade sauces
Homemade soup
Pasta and Rice
Plain cheese spreads Plain cottage cheese
Plain popcorn
Porridge oats
Pulses (peas, beans, lentils)
Unsalted nuts