Did you know that a normal man or woman in America will consume an approximately 3400 mg of sodium every day? The FDA recommends only 2300 mg of sodium per day for an average adult American, which means that we are all eating too much salt.
What’s the problem with eating too much salt on a regular basis? Too much sodium in your diet can be a major risk for several dangerous health complications. These health complications mainly include heart disease and stroke. The reason heart disease and stroke are major risks for those who consume too much salt is that high sodium levels in your body will increase your blood pressure.
But where is all this salt coming from? You may feel like you don’t use a lot of table salt on your dishes when you sit down at the dinner table. This may be true that you aren’t pouring salt all over your food, but sodium is actually hiding in many of the foods you eat, and you likely don’t even know it.
For example, one medium order of Arby’s curly french fries contains 1250 mg of sodium. A regular bagel sandwich from Einstein Bros. contains 1410 mg. Even a tablespoon of Heinz ketchup has 160 mg of sodium in it.
In this way, if you want to reduce your intake of sodium, you need to start reading labels more closely. In addition, look for reduced sodium items, and nix the table salt altogether if you can. Using various other spices will add needed flavor without the cost to your health.