Did you hear the one about the researchers who said we’re not eating enough sodium? Good one! But seriously, there has been confusing news about sodium and it’s no wonder some people aren’t sure which way is up… or is it down?
Let’s be crystal clear. A large body of sound scientific evidence has linked excess sodium intake with high blood pressure in adults and children. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. And that can lead to… well, you get the picture.
What you need to know is that the American Heart Association, other respected health organizations and professionals, and many others are all giving the same advice: Eat less salt.
The average American’s sodium intake is so excessive, any effort to reduce it is likely to result in significant improvement in blood pressure and heart health.
So don’t stress about the numbers. Even small changes can make a big difference. And some new evidence backs this up.
A new study in identical twins supports reducing sodium.
As just reported at the Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions, a recent study explored the effects of sodium intake on blood pressure in identical twins. The results of this “apples to apples” comparison suggest that modest decreases in sodium intake may be enough to see the desired effect on blood pressure levels.
Translation? Reducing sodium even slightly pays off! In the spirit of seeing double, let’s say it again:
Reducing sodium even slightly pays off!
The problem is, most of the sodium we eat is added to our food before we buy it, making it harder to cut back. You might never touch a salt shaker but still be eating too much sodium.
The good news is, there are things you can do:
- You deserve the right to choose how much sodium is in your food. Join AHA’s efforts to demand healthier options and less salt in your food.
- Sign our petition to show that you know the science is clear.
- Be more aware of how much sodium is in the foods you and your family buy and eat.
- Choose packaged and prepared foods carefully to get less sodium.
Want more tips? Head on over to Healthy for Good to learn more about saying “so long” to sodium.
What small step will you take to #breakupwithsalt this week?