Posted on 08/22/2012
Most Americans are still eating too much salt, despite decades of health advice urging them to cut back according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The reason according to researchers is that Americans are finding it difficult to follow the recommended guidelines for sodium because there's so much salt in processed and restaurant food that most people eat on a regular basis.
The American Heart Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommend that most healthy people limit sodium they eat to 2,300 milligrams a day. Less than 10 percent of people in the study met this recommendation.
Researchers found that most U.S. adults are consuming far more sodium than recommended -- 3,371 milligrams per day, on average. Regardless of education, age, race, and sex, people are consuming too much sodium. A diet high in sodium can raise blood pressure. About one in three U.S. adults have high blood pressure, putting them at greater risk for heart disease and stroke.
With close to 80 percent of sodium in the average diet coming from processed food, it is advisable that people reduce or eliminate consumption of such types of food.
It is also important to remember that salt is salt is salt. Even if it sounds natural, such as sea salt, it is still sodium. So, be sure to keep the salt shaker at bay, eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruit to avoid consuming too much salt in your diet through processed and restaurant food.
The study findings are published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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