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Salt: How Much Is Too Much?

If you have any kind of heart problems such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart valve dysfunction or diminished cardiovascular function, your doctor must have told you to reduce your salt intake. Salt reduction is recommended to reduce the total sodium intake, which in turn reduces symptoms of heart failure. Eating too much salt may raise your blood pressure , and having high blood pressure increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease . But, how much is too much? And how much is required to have a healthy heart?

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day and an ideal limit of 1,500 mg per day for most adults. This is approximately less than 6 grams of salt per day (equal to less than a teaspoon).

Here are the approximate amounts of sodium in a given amount of table salt:

- 1/4 teaspoon salt = 575 mg sodium

- 1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,150 mg sodium

- 3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,725 mg sodium

- 1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium

Avoid hidden salts

Salt is found in almost every food we eat, but the amount varies. Foods such as meat, vegetables and fruit have naturally occurring salt present in very small quantities. While it’s easy to keep a check on salt quantities in cooked foods, one usually misses salt content present in everyday processed foods like bread, breakfast cereals, packaged snacks, spices and sauces. Research suggests that 75 percent of our daily salt intake comes from processed foods. Therefore, one of the best ways to avoid sodium is to ensure most of your diet is made up of fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These are naturally low in salt.

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Comments

Suman MAHESWARI   |   21, Mar 2017

Good

Suman MAHESWARI   |   21, Mar 2017

Good