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SALT


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NaCl sodium chloride a.k.a

SALT


the aver age american should consume between

1,500 and

2,300 mg of sodium in a single day


2,300 mg

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is equal to

1 tsp of table salt

[to put it into perspective]


if you are

51 or older

or african american or have high blood pressure

diabetes or

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kidney disease

[ in other words , half of the us population ]

you should only consume

1,500 mg of sodium in a single day


HOWEVER, THE AVERAGE

AMERICAN CONSUMES

4,000 mg of sodium

DAILY [ ] think about it


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too much sodium in your diet can cause

extreme thirst

shakiness

disorientation

dizziness

swelling muscle cramps

acid reflux heart burn depression breathlessness

dehydration


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[continued]

gastric ulcers

vertigo hormone imbalance

osteoporosis kidney disorders

hypertension chronic fatigue

heart attack heart disease

stroke heart failure


high sodium diets are

leading factors in

400,000 deaths per year [roughly 1 in 5 deaths]


don’t be a

statistic .


processed and

packaged

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foods are the highest

in sodium


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chili’s original ribs

6,510 mg of sodium


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mcdonald’s

big mac

1,040 mg of sodium


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taco bell 5-layer burrito

1,270 mg of sodium


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campbell’s

chicken noodle

1,780 mg of sodium


mom’s

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homemade

bologna & cheese [made with lots of love & sealed in a bag with your name on it ]

1,000 mg of sodium


[it all adds up when you’re

not paying attention ]


other high sodium

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foods to include are

hot dogs

sausage cold cuts

bacon

smoked ham potato chips

pretzels assorted nuts

crackers

popcorn


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soy sauce

ketchup

dill pickles

bouillon salad dressing

olives

tomato sauce

all soups

cheese canned vegetables


it is not impossible to reduce

sodium in your diet


pay attention to

how much

sodium is in the foods you eat


take the

salt

shaker

off the table


cut

back on eating out


eat

fresh foods


use

herbs and

spices instead of salt


and most importantly

instead of saying

pass the salt say:

i’ll pass on the

SALT


www.theheart.org



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