Studies show that the average American consumes at least 2 and half times the quantity of salt needed. The recommended max intake of salt a day is only 6 gm. That is a level teaspoon of salt. Processed foods-accounts for around 75 % of an average person's salt intake. Cooking your own clean meals help counteract or balance both sugar and salt issues. Especially if you are the one in control. I am really cautious with anything that comes in a can, a box, or a bag pre-packaged.