Too much salt is bad

TOO MUCH SALT IS BAD

By University of Utah Health

Americans generally eat lots of salt—often in the form of processed foods—and this can lead to high blood pressure and hypertension. On today’s “Health Minute,” Dr. Tom Miller explains what you can do to keep your daily dose of salt at a minimum.

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Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: One of the best things you can do for your health is keep an eye on your sodium intake. Dr. Tom Miller, why is that so important?

Dr. Miller: Too much salt, as we get in our American diet, can lead to elevated blood pressure and the development of hypertension.

Interviewer: All right. So if I’m paying attention to my salt intake, how much is too much?

Dr. Miller: Well, the average American diet is too much, and 3.4 grams a day is what the average amount is.

Interviewer: All right. And what is that come out to?

Dr. Miller: Oh, that’s a good question. That’s about 2 teaspoons of salt a day.

Interviewer: So every day I shouldn’t be getting any more than two? That doesn’t seem like a lot.

Dr. Miller: The problem is we eat processed foods, canned soups, potato chips, and we pour the salt on at the table.

Interviewer: All right. So a lot of us are getting more salt than we need. How do we avoid it?

Dr. Miller: Basically you want to stick to one teaspoon of salt a day. And the way to do that is to avoid processed foods and no added salt at the table.

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