KIMT News 3 – It’s in practically every food we eat, but having too much is leading to a staggering number of deaths around the world.
A study published in the new England Journal of Medicine suggests that approximately 1.65 million deaths around the world, can be blamed on the over consumption of sodium.
Too much sodium in your diet can lead to a number of health issues including cardiovascular disease.
Although sodium can be found in natural foods, one nutrition expert says it’s never too late, or too early to monitor your sodium intake.
“Processed foods, or things that come in a box or in a can and some things that are frozen has the sodium built right in. So you can have more salt than you need without touching the saltshaker, and I think a lot of people don’t realize that,” said Registered Dietician, Stephanie Wharton with Hy-Vee of Charles City.
Countries with the highest rates of sodium related deaths are Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.
Stephanie also points out that the recommended daily amount for someone without cardiovascular issues is around one teaspoon.
According to the World Health Organization, the global average for sodium intake is double what is recommended daily.
“Any fresh herbs are great for seasoning, and items that we can buy on the shelves that don’t have salt in them. A lot of times they do have potassium in them and potassium helps regulate your blood pressure too, so eating things like bananas and avocados are good,” said Wharton.