Quarter Pounder® With Cheese (1190 mg. sodium)Even if your diet is very low in sodium, you may still get heart
disease, but reducing your salt intake by just 3 grams a day, something very
easy to do, could reduce your chances significantly.
Most of the salt we consume comes from processed foods, not from our salt
shakers. A study by the University
of California, San Francisco
(UCSF), presented at the American Heart Association’s 49th Annual Conference on
Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, indicated that the processed
food industry could contribute greatly to the health of Americans by
reducing the amount of sodium in prepared foods by just a small amount.
Americans are now consuming an average of 9 - 12 grams of salt, or 3600 -
4800 milligrams of sodium, per day. If you eat a lot of fast food, your
average intake is probably closer to 5,000 to 7,000 milligrams of sodium.
Let's put this in perspective. In 2004, the Institute
of Medicine of the National Academy
of Sciences recommended a maximum daily intake of 1500 milligrams of salt,
preferably closer to 1,000 milligrams, even though most other health organizations
recommend 2000 to 2400 milligrams per day. Those who are at high risk for
heart disease, for example, those with a family history of heart disease, those
with high blood pressure, high risk populations, diabetes patients, overweight
persons... should adhere to the acceptable sodium intake suggested by the
National Academy of Sciences.
The UCSF investigators used the Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model, a
computer simulation of heart disease in the U.S.
adult population, to measure the impact of an immediate reduction in daily salt
anywhere from 0 to 6 grams between 2010 and 2019. The model
indicated that for each gram of salt reduced in processed foods, 800,000 life
years could be saved.
A 6 gram reduction would result in "1.4
million fewer heart disease cases, 1.1 million fewer deaths and over 4 million
Do you think there is a need for regulation of processed foods? In the
meantime, regulate yourself!
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