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Too Much Salt Intake Causes High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease & Stroke – FDA Warns

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June 6, 2016 – Less Salt, Sodium Intake Reduces Risk Of High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease & Stroke – FDA

The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is advocating that food industry should cut down on the salt in processed food, so as to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. In draft voluntary guidelines issued on Wednesday, the agency set both two-year and 10-year goals for lower sodium content in hundreds of processed and prepared foods.

According to a report in healthday, the aim is to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke among Americans citizens. “Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but that’s hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants,” said Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

She added that “the announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health.”

Cutting down on sodium content in processed food is not only important for Americans, making the food industry in Nigeria adopt this measure will also benefit Nigerian citizens.

Limiting sodium intake generally is tough because about 75 per cent of sodium in diets comes from processed or prepared foods, not salt that is added at the dining table. Even foods such as bread and cereals can have high amounts of salt and consuming them without control could pose a health risk because a lot of people don’t realise they have high blood pressure.

According to a registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Atlanta, U.S., Marisa Moore, the average American eats about 3,400 milligrams sodium a day, but the recommended amount for a healthy person is 2,300 milligrams a day. “For people with high blood pressure or diabetes, African Americans, and anyone who is age 51 or older, the daily recommendation is 1,500 milligrams of sodium.”

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  1. Bench

    June 6, 2016 at 6:01 AM

    Every day they are come and say too much one thing is bad, too much another thing is bad. Wetin are we do? Make we run? Make we not reading news again? Very soon they are also say too much air is bad or too much long life is bad. Is good to die erly bifor you old. Nonsens. Too much sabi book is bad bicos na wetin is confus them up and down. Very soon they are say it not good to be going to toilet bicos too much toilet is bad.

  2. fifelomo

    June 6, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Thankx for the info.

  3. sola olaniyi

    June 6, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    we all know too much of anything is not good nah

  4. Maryf

    June 6, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    What will one eat again in this world again. Don’t eat this and that too much or even at all. How they carry their research sef nobody know.

  5. Jilo

    June 6, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    According to study conducted by the United States Center of Disease Control, number one causes of death is Heart disease, follow by Respiratory disease, Diabetes, Cancer, Kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease and so on. HIV is not among the first five. People with above diagnostic have 80% tendency to die before anybody who has HIV. Please do not go out there and misbehave because Jilo said that. HIV is still deadly but manageable. The leading cause of death worldwide is Cancer. I have discussed about it before but one antidote to this disease is to change our eating habit. Cook your food in proper way and eat it. Our enthusiasm for seeking for better food is what is killing us. Stop eating prepackaged foods that are very high in sodium. We all want to eat oyinbo foods. We are so proud of these food which eventually give us Cancer. We love to eat jollof rice cooked with poly saturated Margarine fat instead of cooking rice with vegetables. We want fried our meat until it eventually turn to carcinogenic food. Can we go back a little bit in a traditional style and see it that will make difference in our life’s. There is nothing wrong using Clay pot for your cooking. People may be laughing at you for being primitive but it has its own benefit. I have met an American Doctor who never had a microwave in his house because he said it is an agent of cancer. If you are above 40 years old you don’t need a lot of sodium in your diet. Try to do yearly physical test to determine if you need to cut down on your sodium. Consuming more sodium that what your body requires can trigger another disease that are in remission in your body such as Highblood pressure. Untreated Highblood pressure can lead to stroke, diabetes and eventually death. Do you now agree with me that nutrition has a vital role in our well being and longevity?.

  6. D Hunter

    June 6, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    I do @ Jilo, thanks for expanciating the topic and expositorily shed some more light on it for a comprehensive study.

    I take a stroll…

  7. Metu Nyetu

    June 7, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    10/10@Jilo. Another Ms Red.

  8. sharon stone

    June 7, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    thanks for d info

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