25 Ways SALT Is Mak­ing You Sick

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Front Page - BY WENDY GLAUSER PHO­TO­GRAPH BY CHRIS ROBIN­SON

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.

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