WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Salt Intake

By: Christi Paul Email
By: Christi Paul Email

The FDA announced they are planning to gradually reduce salt from Americans diets by limiting how much salt can be allowed in foods.

In today's Health Minute, Christi Paul explains why too much salt can be bad for you.

Shake it or pour it, americans use too much salt.

Although sodium plays an important role in regulating body fluids and blood pressure, health experts say we consume 50 percent more sodium than we should.

Doctors say all that salt can cause water retention that leads to high blood pressure, heart problems and strokes.

"We know that salt makes cells assume more water assume more weight and assume a more difficult situation for the body to work well."

How much is enough?

Well the American Heart Association, recommends most people limit sodium intake to no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

So watch what you eat.

Because salt is in everything, especially processed foods like lunch meats and even in those diet TV dinners.

"It is a very inexpensive way to give something flavor."

Best thing to do?

Watch your labels and count your salt milligrams.

For those with high blood pressure, some doctors say lowering sodium intake to 1,800 milligrams would probably be healthier.

That's why it's important to talk to your doctor about your salt intake.

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