Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Salty Killer

Hypertension (high blood pressure) has become a major problem in the U.S.  Sodium (salt) is a major factor in the hypertension (high blood pressure) epidemic.  A recent article by the National Council on Sports and Fitness detailed the problems of the "salty killer."  Nearly one in three U.S. adults is battling hypertension and half of those Americans are losing the battle.

On average, U.S. adults consumer 3,266 mg per day. Most of the time, we are consuming foods high in sodium without noticing.  The recommended dietary allowance for sodium is less than 2,300 mg per day.  Foods are packed with sodium because it adds flavor and is a great preservative.  Popular foods with high salt content include deli meats, chips, crackers, and many condiments.

The easiest thing we could do is make a conscience effort to cut out excessive sodium.  So instead of fast foods or processed foods, better choices would be fresh foods from the market.  Hypertension is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease.  Minimizing salt intake will greatly reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease.  Education is the first step to winning the battle against hypertension.

Source: NCSF News

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