The average American consumes about 3,400mg of sodium per day, which is much more than the American Heart Association’s recommended daily limit of 2,300mg. And a lot of that sodium comes from the salty foods we eat.
One way to reduce the amount of sodium you consume is to shake less salt on your food at the table. Just a ¼ teaspoon of salt has about 575mg of sodium, so if you’re shaking it on liberally, you could be adding a significant amount of sodium to your meal.
Not only can reducing the amount of salt you consume help reduce your risk of high blood pressure, but it can also help reduce your risk of heart disease. In fact, studies have shown that reducing your daily salt intake by just 1,000mg can decrease your risk of heart disease by as much as 20%.
So, next time you sit down to eat, think twice about how much salt you’re shaking on your food. A little less could go a long way in reducing your risk of heart disease.
If you’re shaking less salt on your food at the table, you could reduce your risk of heart disease. A new study has found that people who add salt to their food are more likely to develop high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease.
The study, published in the journal Hypertension, looked at 3,000 adults over the course of four years. The participants were asked about their dietary habits, including how often they added salt to their food. The researchers found that those who added salt to their food at least once a day were more likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn’t add salt to their food.
The findings suggest that limiting the amount of salt you add to your food could help reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and, as a result, heart disease. So next time you’re sitting down to a meal, think twice before reaching for the salt shaker.