Cut Out The Salt, Live Longer

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco used a computer model to learn what would happen if Americans cut 1,200 milligrams, or half a teaspoon, of salt from their diet.

They found there would be up to 120,000 fewer cases of heart disease, and 66,000 fewer strokes each year. The number of heart attacks would also drop significantly.

Experts say lowering salt intake drops the risk for high blood pressure, which has a ripple effect on other conditions like heart disease and stroke.

They also estimate saving 10 to 24 billion dollars in healthcare costs.

A majority of the salt in Americans' diets come from processed foods.

The researchers in this study are calling for a national regulatory effort to lower dietary salt. Right now, the FDA does not regulate salt in foods, calling it an additive that is "generally recognized as safe."

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  • by Vance on Jan 21, 2010 at 04:19 PM
    Well if this is true and people live that much longer that would deplete the social security system even more making people live longer and not letting the 60 some year olds retire with their sore bones.People eat all the salt you want so I can retire unless I eat to much before then.By the way if you feel like you eat to much salt just drink more water an sweat a couple of times a week.And good post TOM!
  • by salty dog Location: salt lake city on Jan 21, 2010 at 02:48 PM
    let's ban salt from all restaurants, bars, drug stores, and all public places. and no driving on salted roads or eating fish caught in salt water, or swimming in the ocean. fine anyone who crumbles saltine crackers in their chili.
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 21, 2010 at 02:42 PM
    It's been a known issue for a very long time, so no not new info in the least - canned foods are a big culprit. This is really applicable to people with known health problems though, or that have known risk factors such as hyptertension and heart disease running in their family. Sodium is extremely important, and cannot be completely eliminated from your diet without creating other serious health problems (1500-2300 mg a day is right, low end in high risk). Iodized salt is also what it is because we need iodine & the basic American diet doesn't obtain enough from foods (kelp is a good way to resolve that - u can buy it granulated). Sea salt is better for you because it still contains trace minerals that table salt doesn't (processing eliminates them), & doesn't contain the anti-clumping agents - it also usually has a better flavor. It does however lack iodine, so if you switch to one not iodized, you should make sure you're getting iodine from something else. Moderation, not panic.
  • by This just in: drinking less water will help you live longer. on Jan 21, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    I'd rather die loving my salt then cut it out of my diet. Thank you though for more research telling me to cut something else out of my diet before I die.
  • by Saltalcoholic Location: Kinston on Jan 21, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    What about sea salt? I thought it was suppose to be better for you. Does anyone know?
  • by Tom Location: Goldsboro on Jan 21, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    More faulty research? Salt is very, very important to our body. In fact, IF you believe in evolution (I don't), you will see that the tongue developed a taste expressly for the only substance that tastes like SALT...which of course, is SALT!!! Would someone please stop giving away taxpayer monies in the form of grants for faulty research.....PLEASE?! Read John Stossel's articles on faulty salt "research" by Dr. Jeffrey Cutler! This stuff is like the man-made Global Warming "Made-up and falsified" science.
  • by C on Jan 21, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    Geez Louise! What IS'NT bad for you?! Everything I enjoy [food-wise] is bad for you! Pizza,steak,The Six-Dollar Burger from Hardee's...I say to heck with it. I don't drink,smoke,or use illegal drugs. I lift weights and run on a regular basis. Doggone it,I'm gonna eat and enjoy the foods I like..and apply SALT as needed!
  • by Open Location: Washington on Jan 21, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    Well I guess they will add Sin Tax To Salt! Hold on to you pocketbook this could get ugly.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    Hay Everybody---There is always some one out there who has to find fault with everything you eat, do ,or say.Nothing is good for you --wonder why-could it be all the STUFF we dump on our vegtables and what we raise to eat. Or and please let's not forget to EXCRISE.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jan 21, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    We all know that computer models always give a good answer. If you don't believe me, just ask the Brit liberals who sold the world on global warming. Looks like the UCSF liberals have taken a page out of the Brit's book. Tell me that something is true because your model proves it is hardly enough to convince me. It's like they say - figures don't lie - but liars .......
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