Foods Which Have Hidden Sodium Content

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Why too much salt is bad for you?

Salt, or sodium, is associated with high blood pressure, mainly because it causes the body to retain fluid, which makes the heart work harder to eliminate fluid build-up, and results in higher blood pressure. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can lead to serious health problems like stroke, heart disease, or kidney problems. Even obesity can be related to it.

It is estimated that about 60 million people in the US alone suffer from hypertension. But it is really a global problem, and everyone can benefit from a low-sodium diet. Sodium is partly obtained from the table salt-shaker, and also from the high amount of salt added to prepared and processed foods.

 

How much salt should we eat per day?

The American Heart Association has recommended that a healthy person should eat around 2300mg (1 tsp) per day. People who have high blood pressure, diabetes, and are older than 51 years, should only be taking in 1500mg of sodium, which about ¾ of a tsp.

According to surveys, the average American eats around 3400mg, (2tsp) per day, which is quite substantially over the limit.

There is some research which shows that if everybody reduced their salt intake, the heart disease epidemic in the US would drop way down.

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