is too much sodium? Depends who you ask. According to the
2015-20120 Dietary Guidelines for Americans — based on the
latest evidence from reliable research studies — more than
2300 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day may be harmful to your
health. People with high blood pressure (hypertension) should
not exceed 1500 mg of sodium daily according to these newest
experts don’t necessarily agree, so what else is new? They
point to studies that observed no direct link between higher
intakes of sodium and a higher risk for heart attack.
Furthermore, not everyone is sensitive to the blood pressure
raising effect of sodium; some people can eat tons of salt
(well, maybe not that much) and their blood pressure stays
not off the hook yet, though. Excess sodium can damage the
body in other ways, according to new evidence reviewed by
experts at the University of Delaware. It can damage the
lining of blood vessels and contribute to "hardening of
the arteries." Too much sodium can also weaken the heart
and the kidneys, say researchers.
— especially for people with diabetes and high blood
pressure — excess sodium puts the squeeze on blood flowing
through arteries and can increase the risk for stroke and
other types of heart disease.
the sake of our dear arteries, let’s say we want to cut back
on sodium. Here’s what we need to know:
teaspoon of salt contains 2300 milligrams of sodium — the
current recommended daily limit. So less salt shaking is a
the sodium we consume does not come from the salt shaker,
however. Three-fourths of the sodium in our collective
American diet comes from … ready? … restaurant meals and
processed foods. (Processed foods are pretty much anything in
a package.) Soups, sandwiches, chips, deli meats … it’s in
reading labels and compare the sodium content of your favorite
foods. For reference, a food with less than 140 milligrams of
sodium per serving is considered "Low Sodium"
according to regulations.
high sodium foods with those high in potassium. Experts say
potassium-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, beans and low
fat dairy products help counteract the harmful effects of
panic. Our taste for salt is an acquired taste; the more we
use, the more we think we need. When we start to cut back, our
taste buds adjust very nicely.
way, there is very little difference in sodium content between
the popular sea salt varieties and regular table
salt. Although sea salt may have trace amounts of
minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium, it is still
salt — 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride.