So, what harm does all that extra sodium in the diet actually do?
Americans consume too much sodium, which causes the body to retain water and places an added burden on the heart and blood vessels. Ultimately, raising blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
However, even a small, steady reduction of sodium in the American diet could save up to a half a million lives over the next decade, according to a new report prepared by experts from three leading universities.
If Americans could reduce their sodium intake from 3300 to 2200 milligrams per day, it is projected this 40% reduction could save between 280,000 to 500,00 lives over ten years.
And if Americans could understand the benefits of reducing sodium to American Heart Association levels of 1500 milligrams per day, this reduction could save between 700,000 and 1.2 million deaths in 10 years. These finding are the results gleaned from research groups from the University of California, San Francisco, Harvard Medical School, and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
Ironically, it’s not foods that taste salty, like pretzels, that are the sodium culprits. But rather, most of American’s daily sodium intake comes from pre-packaged foods and restaurants. With so many women in the work force, the dependency upon prepared foods and take-out is a way to save precious time feeding the family.
Fortunately, many food manufacturers are offering low-sodium versions to help wean Americans from their dependency upon salt. However, salt is cheap and makes things taste good. Salt and fat are addicting and make people crave more of these ingredients. This is a fact!
If you have ever wondered about the story behind our prepackaged food sources, read Michael Moss’s ground breaking book, “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” for insight into how our taste buds have been manipulated by the food industry.
Sodium is being demonized in the press of late and rightfully so. Consuming too much sodium is a health risk. Knowing where the hidden sodium sources are is imperative in our fast-food, fast-paced life.
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