New Study Reveals Scary Risks of Salty Diets

Harvard University study says salt plays a role in 2.3 million deaths worldwide.
2:05 | 03/23/13

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Big health news. In a wake-up call about salt. A new study says salt plays a role in the deaths of 2.3 million people around the world. 10% is linked to eating too much salt and we turn to this doctor for more. We spend so much focusing on the dangers of sugar. Now these studies indicate salt could be deadlier. How alarmed are you? I'm concerne I'm definitely concerned. As you can see here on t left, this represents how much salt the average american takes in in their diet, 3400 milligrams roughly. Compared to the american heart association recommended amount which is 1500 milligrams, so we're eating far pore salt in our diets than we should and it's been linked to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and stroke. We know the usual suspects, potato chips, french frie what are the surprising sorts of salt in our diet and what should we eat instead? Most surprising there is a large amount of salt in both bread and cheese. So we consume a lot of them. We should be wary of that instead focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. A lot of people say I like my bread and cheese. Sure, everything in moderation. As long as we're conscious, health conscious food label readers, look at the label on our foods and buy prepackaged foods and see the sodium content. Keep it below those. These studies suggest three out of four prepackaged foods for toddlers was too much as well. Again, reading food labels is so important. Some foods contain as much as 600 milligrams of salt. The addiction starts -- I'm feeding my son I want to put salt on his food, no, no, we're not going to do that quite so soon.

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