Salt Intake – Too Much May Not Be Good For Your Health
Most people know that healthy sodium intake is important for everyone’s overall health. However, many still haven’t been educated about healthy sodium intake limits. The American diet is definitely not at an optimal level when it comes to healthy sodium intake. This is mainly due to the way we store and cook our foods.
Processed foods are those that are prepared at high temperatures and usually include a lot of salt. While sodium is natural in small quantities in many fresh foods, most of the sodium we consume comes from processed, packaged and pre-prepared foods. People on a sodium restricted diet should limit their daily intake to less than 1,500mg per day, but most don’t. The average American takes in more sodium per day than the World Health Organization recommends, so it is no wonder most people have high blood pressure. So what is happening here?
The main problem lies in the manner in which many Americans process, store and consume the foods that contain sodium. Because our nation’s schools, fast food chains and manufacturers have had to reform to meet government and consumer demand, they have had to change the way they prepare and package their foods. Sodium is still being added at levels that are higher than the recommended daily consumption level. Processed foods often have more sodium than vegetables and fruits.
This means that a lot of people who should be eating healthy sodium intake are getting food that is extremely rich in sodium. This often translates into excess sodium in the body and leads to high blood pressure. This is why it is recommended that people eat more fresh foods that are low in sodium. For example, instead of eating a bag of chips with a loaf of whole-grain bread, find a different retailer or eat it straight from the bag.
High sodium intake leads to high sodium excretion. High sodium intake also contributes to blood pressure problems and the condition known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is when cholesterol builds up in the arteries, contributing to clogged arteries that can lead to heart attack and stroke. Researchers have discovered that those who regularly consume salty foods have a greater risk of heart attacks and strokes.
People who eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day need to start thinking about how much sodium they are consuming. The healthier choices include organic produce, whole grain foods, and low-sodium canned vegetables and soups. A diet that has a reduced sodium intake allows for a better chance of meeting recommended intake levels of potassium, magnesium and calcium.
Originally posted 2022-03-07 13:07:13.