Two grams of salt - sounds so little right? Well it's actually one teaspoon. Not so little anymore, is it?
Now you may be thinking you'd never sprinkle a full teaspoon of salt over your food - so you're off the hook. But the problem comes in the ‘hidden' salt you don't see and hardly taste.
A recent study showed the average worldwide salt intake was 3.95g per day. That's almost double the allowance set by the World Health Organisation.
Here's why salt is so bad for you and how you could be consuming too much salt without realising it!
Excess salt intake causes one in ten deaths from cardiovascular disease!
Researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University analysed surveys and global nutrition data to establish the risks of excess salt intake.
What they found was staggering!
Consuming more than 2g of salt per day attributed to 1.65 million deaths! This because excess sodium causes elevated high blood pressure
and cardiovascular diseases
including heart disease
But how can millions of people be getting it so wrong? After all, it’s no secret that salt is bad for your health?
Besides the salt you sprinkle over your food, just about everything you buy in the supermarket contains salt.
Take a look…
Processed packaged foods can contain as much as 787mg of salt!
Cereals can contain up to 250mg of sodium.
Vegetable juices from the shops can increase your intake by 479mg!
Canned vegetables contain as much as 730mg of salt!
Just two slices of processed meat could add another 362mg of salt.
Marinades pack a whopping 1g of salt!
Even bread contains salt!
Are you starting to see how easy it is to ‘overdose’ on salt without even realising it?
Here are three tips to help protect your heart and possibly save your life…
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Help prevent heart disease with these three simple tips
The first step to eating less salt is to become more conscious of what you put in your mouth. Read all the labels and choose foods that are low in sodium.
Understand the labels. Unfortunately, food manufacturers don’t use ingredient names you’re always familiar with so keep an eye out for names like:
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
And anything containing the word ‘sodium’
Lastly, keep away from processed and packaged foods as much as possible. Eat as much fresh food as you can: Vegetables, fruit, unsalted nuts, seeds and home-prepared meals.
Preventing heart disease could be as simple as watching what you eat and reducing your salt intake! So start watching yours today.
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