High Sodium Diets Hazardous to Health
According to a recent study, excess consumption of salt is linked to diseases like, hypertension, osteoporosis, kidney damage and stomach cancer etc. Hence high sodium diets are highly dangerous to the health, especially to heart.
The dietary guidelines recommend less than 2,300 mg intake of sodium per day. Americans do not pay heed to the same and eat an average of 3,436 mg every day.
Maximum sodium intake comes from the processed foods like cheeses, sliced meats, sauces and French fries, etc. Sauces and spreads can contain salt to the extent of 1,283 mg of salt per 100 grams. Foods that were once frozen and canned are full of sodium.
Dr. Marc Schweiger, director of Cardiac Catheterization/Research in the Division of Cardiology at Baystate Medical Center, says, "Although salt is found in many foods, maintaining a low-sodium diet will benefit your long-term health in a variety of ways”.
According to a research, if Americans reduce the sodium intake by three grams a day, then almost 66,000 strokes, 99,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths can be avoided, and about $24 billion can be saved, which could have been spent in health costs.
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