Every year, there are thousands of people, who suffer from strokes and heart diseases and in every quest to find the possible reasons, a new culprit is found. This time, it is the most common ingredient of your diet - Salt.
In a new report, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) stated that an average American consumes no less than 4,000 mg of salt per day, when the requirement is only for 2,300 mg as suggested by USDA and HHS.
But, an organization namely American Heart Association (AHA) has emphasized that even this amount is too much and the maximum intake should be limited to 1,500 mg for a day.
Even CSPI seemed to agree with this amount and is planning to urge USDA and HHS to update their Dietary Guidelines with this amount.
It was found that most of the sodium intake is contributed by packed, processed and restaurant food. A single burger from McDonalds contains no less than 1,150 mg of salt while, Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup carries 460 mg of sodium.
It has been earlier reported that excess of sodium often leads to hypertension, high blood pressure, heart attacks and even kidney diseases.
It was revealed by one of the reports from AHA that reduced intake of sodium would save no less than 90% of Americans, who are at the risk of heart attacks. It will also descend the health care costs by nearly $24 billion per year.