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Sodium's Deadly Impact

Posted on 04/2/2013

One in ten people die from eating too much sodium, according to researchers at Harvard University. The leading causes of death from too much sodium are heart attack, stroke or other types of cardiovascular disease. 

Sodium seems innocent enough, so how can these tiny granules that enhance the flavor of food (and preserves food) create so much damage? Well, the old adage of too much of a good thing totally applies with sodium. Moderation is key, especially with sodium.

The human body needs sodium to function properly and have the proper electrolyte balances, but with too much sodium it increases blood pressure and raises risk for heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Those conditions put you at risk for premature death.

Much of the sodium in today's diet is consumed not by adding to it at the table with the salt shaker, rather through processed and convenience foods that contain high levels of sodium...many times higher than the daily recommendation. One of the biggest culprits comes to most people by surprise, bread and bread products.

The U.S. is not alone with its love affair with salt either...although it ranked 19th out of 30 countries studied for most salt consumption relating to cardiovascular death, it is still obsessed with sodium.

Even with warnings by the World Health Organization recommendations limiting sodium to less than 2,000 milligrams a day and the American Heart Association recommends 1,500 milligrams per day, the national average in the U.S. is 4,000 milligrams per day of sodium. Keep in mind, one teaspoon of salt has 2,325 milligrams of sodium.

Do you need to cut down on sodium in your diet? Spice up your meals and eat a "clean diet" with as many whole foods as possible. By doing so, you will satisfy your bodies' natural cravings without picking up the salt shaker!  You can also let us do the work for you, our meals are sodium restricted so you know you won't be consuming too much salt.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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