If we could cut our salt intake by about a half teaspoon a day, which is achievable by simply avoiding salty foods and not adding salt to what we eat.
We might prevent 22 percent of stroke deaths and 16 percent of fatal heart attacks.
That’s potentially more lives saved than if we were able to successfully treat people with blood pressure pills.
An intervention in our kitchens may be more powerful than interventions from our pharmacies.
Between the ages of 20 and 50, the greatest contribution of sodium to the diet is not canned soups, pretzels, or potato chips, but chicken…
—because of all of the salt and other additives that are injected into the meat.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.
It appears the only dietary group in Europe that nails it are those eating the most plant-based of diets.
Watch the video “Salt of the Earth: Sodium and Plant-Based Diets” to learn more.
~Dr Greger MD