Here's an exercise for you: For one week, cut as much salt as you can from your diet. Then, eat a few potato chips and prepare for a massive head rush. Sound dramatic? Maybe. But most Americans eat more than twice the amount of salt they should in a day, leading to health problems like high blood pressure that can cause heart attack and stroke. The average person needs no more than 1,500 milligrams a day. But with processed foods, Americans are eating between 2,000 to 8,000 milligrams a day. Wow!
When you consume too much salt, you over-stimulate your taste buds and lessen your ability to discern the subtle flavors in food. To compensate, you increase the salt and other seasonings you pour onto your plate, training your taste buds to need more and more and more. And the vicious cycle continues. The more you use, the less you can taste.