A recent announcement by the World Heart Federation has brought up an interesting warning for people eating salty food on a regular basis.
Deaths from heart disease and stroke could reduce significantly if people would cut down on their use of salt. Every year, 17.5 million people die of heart attacks and strokes, according to the federation.
Several studies have concluded that a diet very high in salt increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, a factor in cardiovascular disease. But is it a reliable statement? Yes and no.
Yes, very high sodium intake may be related to high rates of cardiovascular disease, but once again, everything in excess isn’t healthy anyways. Some people believe eating salty food is fine as long as you have healthy lifestyle.
No, other risks for developing cardiovascular disease should be the main concern and not the high salt intake. For example, being overweight is the number one reasons for high blood pressure and strokes. In addition, bad habits such as smoking and drinking too much alcohol are much more severe complications.
Finally, the lack of physical exercise is directly responsible for obesity and should be considered a main target for anyone trying to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
Salt isn’t that bad as some people may announce but moderation is key to maintain a healthy diet. Food normally taste better with a little more salt but having it as salty as sea water isn’t exactly the best taste anyways.
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