Too much sodium assaults the heart. To function properly, the average adult only needs to consume a small amount of the nutrient every day – about 2,300 mg of sodium, the equivalent of one teaspoon of salt. Over time, too much sodium can lead to a host of medical issues, including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and kidney disease.
“On average, Americans eat too much sodium every day,” says Deborah D. Price, DO, FACOI, chair of Internal Medicine at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Cutting back on table salt is good, but cutting back on fast food and other junk food – with their unhealthy amounts of sodium – is even better for reducing your daily intake and improving your cardiovascular health. I recommend a reduction or elimination of salt in cooking and on the table. Other seasonings may be used to add flavor to foods. To avoid sodium, eat fresh food and be sure to read labels.”
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