Many of us are finding that we can enjoy delicious foods with less salt. New science from the Journal of the American Heart Association adds even more support to our efforts to break up with excess salt.
For about three years, researchers followed more than 4,000 adults with normal blood pressures at the start of the study. They tracked salt intake and blood pressure, among other measures. At the end of the study, about 1,000 of those adults had developed high blood pressure.
This new science emphasizes two key reasons to eat less salt:
- Eating too much salt might put you at greater risk for high blood pressure (in the long term).The people in this study who ate higher amounts of salt were more likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate lesser amounts of salt.
- Eating more and more salt over time can make you unhealthy.Researchers found that the people who ate progressively more salt over time were also at more risk for high blood pressure, compared with people who did not increase their salt consumption over time.
What’s the bottom line?
To keep yourself healthy, it’s important to stick to a lower-salt diet over your lifetime.
Let’s face it: A lot of the food we eat is too salty. What can you do to enjoy foods with less salt? One way is to pay attention to the “salty six.”
These foods add the most sodium to Americans’ diets:
- Breads and rolls
- Cold cuts and cured meats
The next time you’re in the grocery store, take a look at the Nutrition Facts labels on some foods. Different brands of the same types of foods, like breads or pizza, can vary in sodium content. Compare sodium levels and choose the option with the lowest amount of sodium per serving and learn how to read the Nutrition Facts label.
You can also look for the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark on food labels to make smarter choices in the grocery store. Foods bearing the Heart-Check mark must meet specific nutrition requirements, including limits on sodium.
Leave us a comment! What’s your reason for enjoying food with less salt?