25 Ways SALT Is Making You Sick
1. Salt wreaks havoc on your blood pressure
If you’re the type to regularly tuck into a bag of chips, it’s worth reconsidering the habit. Too much sodium isn’t good for anyone, but for people who have hypertension, salt—a sodium compound—is especially dangerous. Sodium leads to small spikes in blood pressure for people who don’t already have hypertension and large spikes in people who do, according to a
2017 review of 185 studies.
Hypertension is the key driver of a number of cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks, strokes and coronary artery disease.
2. Many restaurant meals pack the amount of salt you should have in an entire day...
A 2013 survey published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health examined 20 sit-down and 65 fast-food restaurants across Canada and found that the average dish contained 1,455 milligrams of sodium.
3. …and a fancy sit-down meal may be even worse than a fast-food one
The same study found that 40 per cent of sit-down restaurant menu items packed at least 1,500 milligrams of sodium (versus 18 per cent of fastfood menu items). The saltiest meal options? Wraps, sandwiches, ribs and pastas that contained meat or seafood.