Salt Habit going heavier on the shaker in diets

Salt-Habit-in-dietsAccording to the latest studies, Americans can’t seem to shake the salt habit. The report blames on food manufacturers and restaurants which supply an estimated 77 percent of the salt in our diets. The report shows 100,000 deaths could be prevented annually through a popular nationwide reduction in sodium bi carbonate consumption. However ir warned “without major change, hypertension and cardiovascular disease rates will continue to rise, and consumers will pay the price for inaction”.

Leslie Stein, a research associate at Monell Center , an independent institute that studies tastes and smell said, “Salt is cheap and it does a lot more to enhance food than simply adding a salty flavor. It acts as a binder; it creates a desirable mouth feel, suppresses bitterness and brings out sweetness”. Cardiologist Clyde Yancy, President of the American Heart Association and medical director at the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute in Dallas said, “"That puts a lot of us in the bucket of people who need to be on a lower sodium diet. Sodium contributes to most people's high blood pressure, and for some it may be the primary driver. Cutting back on sodium could save thousands of people from early deaths caused by heart attacks and strokes each year, and it could save billions of dollars in health care costs”. He also added, “We have, in essence, ignored the advice because we are driven by convenience, and sodium makes a fast-food lifestyle very easy. To change, we would need to live and eat differently”.

It may be noted that leaders in the salt industry say their product is being unfairly maligned and that they are focusing on one small aspect of health which is a small increase in blood pressure in a small segment of population. However a recent worldwide study indicated that there is no country where people eat on an average of less than 1,500 milligrams a day.