Can you imagine eating food without any salt in it? Well, I cannot, salt is an essential ingredient in food and food will be tasteless without it. What I can do though is to control the amount of salt that I consume in the food. A report from Center for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that 9 out of 10 Americans eat too much salt everyday, that’s like 90% of Americans. Wow! Furthermore, report said that many Americans consume more than twice salt as compared to the recommended daily amount.
What does the CDC report revealed?
- 5000 US adults were surveyed and it was found that they consumed 3,500 milligrams of sodium as an average.
- Current dietary guidelines call for consumption of 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day.
- Government advisory panel urged officials to decrease the recommended daily dose limit to 1,500 milligrams.
- People who like to stay away from salty food may not be avoiding excessive salt as many foods like breads, cookies and crackers may contain high sodium count but may not taste salty.
- In a typical American diet, almost two-thirds of the sodium comes from processed grains, like pizza and cookies, and meats, like poultry and lunch meat.
- It was also estimated that 77% of daily sodium...
comes from processed and restaurant foods.
Janelle Peralez Gunn, lead author of the report said that “Sodium has become so pervasive in our food supply that it’s difficult for the vast majority of Americans to stay within recommended limits.”
What could be adverse effects of eating excessive salt?
According to CDC, eating a lot of sodium increases blood pressure, which increases the risk for stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure and renal disease.
There have been many studies regarding adverse health effects of sodium. You can substitute your sodium to potassium. A little bit change in your eating habits can help your health in long terms.