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Salt in American Food?

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I've been living overseas for the past year or so in the Middle East, and have returned recently for a long vacation and have been feeling that the amount of salt in food has been killing me. One some level, I know that even though my parents are very health conscious, they still use packaged food and that there is more sodium in packaged food. But do any other expats have this experience when returning to the States?

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  1. i can't speak for the expats, but as a lifelong US resident i have a very difficult time with the salt in restaurant food. in fact, it's gotten so bad that i tend to avoid dining out for the most part...and when i do eat in restaurants, i request that they salt my food minimally.

    don't even get me started on the obscene sodium levels in packaged or processed food. aside from a few condiments, i don't go there.

    1. I had a very odd experience years ago, upon returning from 3 years living in Saudi Arabia. For about the first 2 months after my return to the States, I poured massive amounts of salt on everything, drank water like I was dying of thirst in the desert, and sweated like a stevedore. Eventually, things returned to normal, but I've never been able to come up with an explanation for this phenomenon. Very strange. (My new boyfriend, now husband, thought so, too!)

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      1. re: pikawicca

        I had a similar experience when I first moved to Jerusalem. In the States, I'd never add salt to my food, but after a few months I started to add it to everything. Savory and sweet food. But I was also drinking water like a camel and it never bugged me.