Reducing Salt Intake Essential

Fri, 19 Mar 2010

It is vital to cut down on salt intake.

Excessive salt is as dangerous as excessive cholesterol, smoking and obesity .

Reduction of salt intake reduces new cases of annual heart diseases by 60,000 to 120,000, strokes by 32,000 to 66,000, and heart attacks by 54,000 to 99,000.

This is the conclusion of a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine, online edition of January 20, 2010.

It is also essential to increase carbohydrate consumption by eating more vegetables, fruits and whole grains; lower overall fat consumption and decrease saturated fat consumption; and sugar consumption.

Salt consumption ought not to be more than three grams a day (around) 3/5ths a teaspoon of salt).

Salt is the cause been found to cause an increase in blood pressure, hypertension, among some individuals.

Approximately 20 per cent of the British population suffers from high blood pressure, with this figure rising to nearly 40 per cent of older people.

Excess salt causes hypertension in many cases therefore it is essential to reduce the intake in these cases and enhance many people's lives.

Salt is 40 per cent sodium and is a key source of dietary sodium. It is the sodium in salt which is the culprit, not the chloride. In fact, the salt substitutes are usually made up of potassium chloride).
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