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thIn the United States, 429 deaths out of every million were associated with over consumption of salt.  This may be an indicator that we are eating way too much salt.  This is not just a problem in the United States but all around the world.  There have been 2 recent studies that support this statement.

In the first one, the American Heart Association showed that 75% of people in the world consume more salt than recommended.  The recommended amount of salt consumption by the World Health Organization is less than 2,000 milligrams a day while the amount recommended by the American Heart Association is 1,500 milligrams a day.  The study of 187 countries found that people around the world are eating nearly 4,000 milligrams a day on average.

On the low side, countries like Kenya and Malawi consume about 2,000 milligrams a day.  Higher consuming countries like Kazakhstan, Mauritius, and Uzbekistan take in around 6,000 milligrams a day.  The United States sits in the middle at 3,600 milligrams a day.

A second study involving the American Heart Association, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, researchers found that over consuming salt was associated with 2.3 million deaths in 2010.  These deaths were from heart related causes.

So, what are the biggest salt offenders and what should you be closely watching in your diet to reduce sodium intake?  The list below shows the largest offenders and the percentage of total daily sodium intake.  Perhaps reducing these will reduce your daily intake and lead to a healthier heart.

  • Breads and rolls                             7.2%
  • Cold cuts and cured meats           5.5%
  • Pizza                                                  5%
  • Poultry                                              4.5%
  • Soups                                                4.2%
  • Sandwiches                                      4.5%
  • Cheese                                              3.9%
  • Pasta mixed dishes                         3.4%
  • Meat mixed dishes                          3.5%
  • Savory snacks                                   2.8%
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