Step away from that salt shaker! That is one of the warnings from a new study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC research found that a staggering 90 percent of Americans eat too much salt.
Healthline.com spoke to a cardiovascular clinic doctor who said the average American consumes about five to ten times the sodium our bodies need. While tossing the salt shaker might be a great first step, it probably wouldn’t be enough according to a story on National Public Radio (NPR):
Here’s what makes this problem so stubborn: Most of this sodium isn’t coming from the salt shaker, which is more or less easy to regulate on an individual basis. The vast majority of the sodium we consume comes from processed foods we buy and meals we eat in restaurants. We may not realize, or have any way to find out, how much is really in there.
“It’s very difficult for individuals to lower consumption on their own, because there’s so much sodium in everything they eat,” Tom Frieden director of the CDC, tells us.
Make no mistake – too much salt can wreak havoc on our bodies leading to serious health consequences such as high blood pressure, which can increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. Sandra Jackson, an author of the report, is quoted in DotMed.com as saying, “Reducing sodium is an achievable and effective strategy to improve heart health for everyone, but it’s going to take all of us working together to make it possible.”
While losing weight and exercise are at the top of many New Years Resolution lists, this new study shows that cutting back on salt should also be near the top. The more we work together to find solutions to these types of health challenges, the faster we can realize our vision of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!