Why should I keep a low salt level in my daily food?

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine
The Centers for Disease control recommend that we eat 2300 mgs of salt (sodium) or less per day. For those over 40, African Americans and those with high blood pressure the recommendation is to eat 1500 mgs or less daily. The reason for this is that increased salt intake has been associated with high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.  

Many people think that not adding salt to their food is all they need to do to maintain a low salt diet. However, it is easy to be fooled especially if you eat processed foods. Certain canned meats and soups contain large quantities of sodium. For instance, a cup of chicken bullion contains about 1100 mgs of sodium and 3 ounces of cured ham contains 837 mgs. Three ounces of Canadian bacon contains 1197 mgs of sodium.  

When it comes to salt, it is important for all of us to become educated consumers. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in our country. This is one way we can help to decrease our risk.

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