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Is salt really bad for me?

If you have significant heart failure, excessive salt intake can be dangerous. If you also have chronic kidney or liver disease this only makes things worse.

Having a high salt diet and heart failure is associated with increased death.

Sea salt is not a healthy alternative. In an April 2011 survey by the American Heart Association, 61 percent of respondents said they believed sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to table salt.

Sodium chloride or table salt is approximately 40% sodium. Understand just how much sodium is in salt so you can take measures to control your intake.

1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium

Individuals who are sensitive to salt can have significant increases in blood pressure.

However, high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, is a disease. Although people can't often feel their blood pressure is high, HBP can have deadly health consequences if not treated. 76.4 million U.S. adults have been diagnosed with high blood pressure.
  • 77% of Americans treated for a first stroke have blood pressure over 140/90
  • 69% of Americans who have a first heart attack have blood pressure over 140/90
  • 74% of Americans with congestive heart failure have blood pressure over 140/90
Salt is ubiquitous in our diets. Our cows are given salt licks to increase milk production. Makers of salty foods have installed infrared sensors in grocery stores to track shoppers and have selectively placed salty snacks in high traffic locations. Even without adding salt to our diets, the processed foods in cans, boxes, bags or restaurants are invariably laden with salt.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.