Too much salt in your diet is dangerous to your health
During the day, we eat a lot of foods that contain different amounts of salt. It is not easy to keep track of how much salt we consume in one day. Many people consume too much salt every day, which can lead to serious health problems.
Scientists at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine warned that most people consume too much salt, which increases the risk of some serious illnesses.´The doctors also published updated recommendations on the amount of salt with the results of their report that people should take in maximum.
People should not take more than 2,300 mg of salt a day
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that an average adult in the US consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium daily. However, guidelines advise that we should not consume more than 2,300 mg of salt a day (not more than a teaspoon of salt a day). The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report shows that reducing daily sodium intake to 2,300 mg or less can result in significant health benefits.
High levels of sodium and potassium can increase blood pressure
For the report, the experts examined the reference levels for sodium and potassium intake introduced in 2005 and then updated the recommended daily intake for different age groups. Sodium and potassium are electrolytes, which are necessary for maintaining a healthy fluid and blood volume in the body, but they can lead to increased blood pressure in high concentrations. The experts compared different amounts of sodium intake with indicators of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular complaints and high blood pressure.
Sodium intake of up to 2,300 mg reduces the risk of chronic diseases
The analysis also found that anyone who consumes more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day should reduce their salt intake to or below this level to reduce the risk of chronic illness, the scientists explain in a press release. There were no recommendations in the report on potassium intake, as potassium levels and related chronic illness need to be carefully researched before final conclusions can be drawn.
How much sodium do you consume per day?
It may be difficult to find out how much sodium you are consuming in a day, but there is a high probability that you will be consuming too much salt. The easiest way to start is to control your intake of refined salt, which you add to your food. Also check the nutritional information of processed red meat, poultry, soups, pizza and bread, because these foods usually contain a lot of sodium. Food that appears healthy, such as canned vegetables, dried fruit and pasteurized cheese, can also contain large amounts of salt.
Salt is a necessary nutrient for humans
Still, we shouldn't stop eating salt now. The use of salt in our meals not only improves taste, but salt is also a necessary nutrient for humans. It is important not to exceed a certain amount of salt intake. Keeping your sodium intake in check will significantly reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes. (as)