Eating too much salt contributed to 2.3 million deaths around the world from heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related diseases in 2010, according to research presented at an American Heart Association conference. Researchers analysed adult salt intake as part of the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study and found nearly one million of these deaths were premature, occurring in people aged 69 or younger. You may not be aware of just how much salt is ending up on your plate.
Senior Heart Health Dietitian, Victoria Taylor, said: “We know thateating too much salt is linked to high blood pressure, a risk factor for heart disease. But you may not be aware of just how much salt is ending up on your plate. As well as steering clear of the salt shaker, we need to watch out for the salt that’s added to the foods we buy, or order in restaurants. There can be wide variation between the salt content of different products so make sure you check the label. Picking products with a green traffic light for salt will help you to limit your intake. In a restaurant, asking for sauces on the side is a healthy alternative.”