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1, Sep 5, 2012

Watch out for your daily salt intake

Filed under: Healthy diet — admin @ 12:57 am

I love topics on health. Here’s a scary fact about salt intake in America: 9 out of 10 Americans eat too much salt, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). U.S. guidelines recommend that most people get less than 2,300 mg of  salt a day.

Those who are aged 51 or older should eat even less, keeping intake to 1,500 mg a day. That’s just over 1/2  teaspoon of salt. But the average American eats about 3,300 mg of salt daily. Isn’t that horrible?

Here’s the link from high salt intake to the risk of heart disease. Our body works to maintain a delicate balance of sodium and water. Too much salt (sodium) in our body pulls in or holds onto extra fluid to keep this balance. The extra fluid increases blood volume. The extra circulating blood volume raises blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk for a heart attack or a stroke.

Salt is everywhere — pizza, soup, poultry, meat, sandwiches, cheese, salad, pasta, and dishes. If you have developed a strong taste bud, consider adjusting it to a lighter one, for the health of your heart and
head.

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