Salt and Health
Every day millions of Americans consume excessive amounts of sodium hidden in processed foods. Smart Salt was developed to reduce sodium intake while providing the same great taste.
Not everything that tastes good is good for us. That’s especially true for foods high in sodium. Most doctors recommend against eating more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. Order a Denny’s double cheeseburger and you’ll consume 3,880 milligrams in just one sitting. That is almost double the CDC’s suggested daily allowance of sodium.
The CDC and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute say Americans are eating too many high-sodium foods. “We have clear and convincing evidence that sodium is associated with high blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke,” says Dr. David Katz, from Yale University Medical School. “It is unconscionable that a single meal would have that much sodium.”
Salt (sodium chloride) is the chief source of sodium in our food. The CDC says that more than two-thirds of American adults fall into three groups that are at an especially high risk for sodium intake. These groups include:
- Adults over the age of 40
- Black Americans
- People already with high blood pressure
High Sodium Foods
How do we eat so much salt? The modern diet, including undisciplined table habits, lax cooking practices, and eating of processed and canned foods with a high salt content are mostly to blame.
According to the CDC, much of the sodium we eat comes from packaged, processed and restaurant foods. Canned vegetables are typically laden with preservatives or sauces and seasonings that add extra sodium. A single cup of canned cream-style corn contains 730 mg of sodium. Fast food such as burgers and sausages, snacks like chips and preserved and canned foods all generally have a high salt content.
Why is it so hard to eat healthy? Says one health conscious American: “High blood pressure runs in my family and I’m showing some early signs of prehypertension when I check my blood pressure. I’m trying to follow a low-sodium diet (under 1,500 mg) but I’m finding this really difficult without eating mostly unprocessed food. I usually eat whole grains (oatmeal, rice), fruits, and unprocessed vegetables throughout the day. Once in a while when I don’t have time, I’ll make a meal that comes in a can or some type of frozen food. When I check the sodium content of these types of foods, it almost always comes close to 1,000 to 1,500 mg. It’s amazing how much the American diet is focused on salt, sugar and fat.”
Excess of sodium intake causes higher blood pressure (hypertension), which contributes to an increased likelihood of stroke, as well as kidney and heart disease. Nationwide, 16 million men and women have heart disease and 5.8 million are estimated to have had a stroke. Reduced sodium diets can reduce the risk of these diseases.
Low Sodium Diets
Health authorities recommend the use of salt substitutes and a diet rich in potassium, such as fruits and vegetables, plus fish, meat and chicken instead of canned and processed foods. The two nutrients, sodium and potassium, may work together to affect blood pressure and heart disease risk, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“It’s important for people to eat less salt. People who adopt a heart-healthy eating pattern that includes a diet low in sodium and rich in potassium and calcium can improve their blood pressure,” said Darwin R. Labarthe, M.D., Ph.D., director of the CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. “Reducing sodium intake can prevent or delay increases in blood pressure for everyone.”
Smart Salt is a new patented salt alternative with the same great flavor as salt. As an added bonus it cooks like salt and preserves like salt, but also gives you extra potassium and magnesium, both essential nutrients. Want to lower your sodium intake? Make Smart Salt a regular part of your diet.
Replace your table salt with Smart Salt! Ask restaurants to prepare your food without added salt or bring along some Smart Salt! Give it to your family and they’ll stay healthy too!
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