(KUTV) We’ve all heard that salt can be bad for you. But deadly? According to recent studies, thousands of people will die from eating too much salt.
Doctor John Day is a cardiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray. He says most people don’t realize just how much salt they are consuming on a daily basis. “When I talk to patients about it the first thing they always say is ‘doc, I don’t put any salt on my food.’ What they don’t realize is that 80% of the salt we take comes from processed food.”
We aren’t just talking about hamburgers and fries from a fast food restaurant. Soups, breads and products that claim to be “fat free” have a lot of salt in them. So just how much salt should we be consuming? The American Heart Association recommends that we keep our sodium intake, or our salt intake, at less than 1,500 milligrams. Doctors say the body needs to salt to control your fluid balance. However, the average person eats about three times the amount of salt they need. Eating too much salt, according to doctors, can lead to heart disease and diabetes. “We are the first generation that will be sicker and live shorter than previous generations,” said Dr. Day. “We need to take control of our health.”
Salt is typically used to make food taste better. Instead of using salt, you can use spices on your food such as curry and garlic. The American Heart Association has many recipes you can try. Just click on the links:
You can also track your sodium by visiting: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/How-to-Track-Your-Sodium_UCM_449547_Article.jsp
For more information on the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, visit: http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/imed/services/heart-institute/Pages/home.aspx
For more information on Check Your Health, visit: www.checkyourhealth.org
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