January 31, 2013The average American's salt intake is about 3,400 milligrams a day, more than twice the American Heart Association's recommended limit of 1,500 milligrams! It's important to note that little of that excess salt actually comes from the salt shaker. In fact, more than 75% of people’s salt consumption comes from eating processed or restaurant foods. Last week we talked about the dangers of 'free' sugars ... the sugar added to food before it gets to you, the consumer and the long-term consequences it has had in the form of skyrocketing rates of diabetes and obesity. This week we'll look at another dangerous addition to our diets that we may not even be aware of...salt. Excess salt intake contributes to many health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. It even affects your appearance by causing puffiness, swelling, and bags under the eyes. Your first reaction may be to cut out the potato chips and hide the salt shaker, which are excellent ideas. However, the fact is that Americans consume most of their excessive salt through everyday food items that loaded with excess sodium. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association just released a new report in which they listed the “salty six” common foods that are the top sources for sodium in today’s diets, and a couple of the items are real shockers!
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