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SODIUM CHLORIDE LINKED to 1 in 10 DEATHS in U.S.
Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr Simone) – Data presented from the Harvard School of Public Health at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans (March 2013) indicate that 1 in 10 Americans die from eating too much salt – almost 250,000 a year and ten times as many as caused by sugary drinks. The same research team showed last week that sugar in soft drinks is linked to 25,000 deaths a year in the U.S. It is estimated that 2.3 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide were linked to salt in 2010 and 40% of them were premature, 69 and younger. Men were more at risk accounting for 60% of the deaths. Data were collected from 247 surveys on sodium consumption and 107 clinical trials that measured salt’s affect on blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Countries with the highest salt-related deaths were Ukraine, Russia and Egypt, while countries with the lowest deaths were Qatar, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates.
The burden of sodium is greater than the burden of sugar-sweetened beverages because those beverages can be avoided whereas sodium is in everything like packaged and processed foods, and many foods that are served in restaurants. Bread and cheese are the top two sources of sodium in the U.S. For the study, the researchers set the ideal level of salt consumption at 1,000 milligrams per day.
My advice: Read food labels and check the food sold in restaurants before going. Table salt is listed as sodium chloride.
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