According to a study published on February 11 in the Journal of Hypertension, reducing salt in Americans' diets would save hundreds of thousands of lives. The primary source of sodium, contributes to high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, the leading killer in the United States. If we can reduce salt intake to 2,300 milligrams a day, would save 500,000 to 850,000 lives over the next ten years from reducing heart attacks and strokes.
Gradually reducing sodium levels in processed or restaurant foods by 4 percent a year for 10 years would still save 280,000 to 500,000 lives over a decade, the researchers concluded.
"No matter how we look at it, the story is the same -- there will be huge benefits in reducing sodium," study lead author Pam Coxson, a mathematician at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. Many people believe that taking the salt shaker off the dinner table will reduce their sodium consumption to a healthy level, but 80 percent of the sodium consumed by Americans comes from processed foods. While cooking Indian food, for the family of 4-5, ¾ to one teaspoon may not be the major source of sodium. Majority of the salt is in packaged food, a bag of potato chips, corn chips, soups, pickles, cured and processed meat including fish, salted nuts, seeds, popcorn, bread, cereals and other confectionary products can be loaded with salt. Even fresh chicken is sometimes injected with salt solutions before packaging. Restaurant meals are also high in sodium. Salt is primarily added for flavor and sometimes to preserve foods. Research show that when we add more potassium and magnesium rich foods it cuts down cardiovascular events, hypertension and strokes. Vegetables and fruits are natural sources of potassium, sodium, magnesium and other minerals.
What is the solution: Read labels carefully, I recommend not to use processed and cured products. Home made fresh food will help you to cut your salt intake. I recommend using Wright Salt, a combination of sodium chloride, magnesium chloride and potassium chloride and other minerals.
Another healthy alternative to table salt is Himalayan Pink Salt.