Salt Kills 3.5x More People Per Year Than Vehicle Accidents
According to health experts, a high salt diet contributes to 150,000 deaths each year in the United States. For comparison, according to a the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 42,642 people died in 2006 from vehicle accidents.
High amounts of salt raise blood pressure and in turn increase the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.
The American Heart Association has set the maximum daily salt consumption at 2,300 milligrams, about a teaspoon of salt. Americans are consuming 2-3 times this amount.
Health experts are urging The Food and Drug Administration to tighten salt restrictions in packaged foods and to beef up packaging labels. The American Medical Association wants the FDA to cut the allowable amount of salt in foods by half.
A major problem is that foods you don’t associate with having salt usually contain high amounts. Just a few cups of your favorite cereal each morning can account for around 50% of your daily allotment.
Example: 6” Subway Club with American Cheese, Mayo and a bag of baked chips: 1,720 mg sodium, roughly 75% of your daily allowance, in 1 meal alone.
Record how much salt you consume for a day and post it as a comment. If you don’t live in the USA, please state what country you live in.
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