Salt Matters: Preserving Choice, Protecting Health

Salt Matters: Preserving Choice, Protecting Health


Narrator: SALT. THE CHEMICAL NAME FOR IT
IS SODIUM CHLORIDE. ABOUT 90% OF THE SODIUM WE EAT
COMES IN THE FORM OF SALT. CURRENT DIETARY GUIDELINES
SAY AMERICANS AGED 2 AND UP SHOULD EAT LESS THAN
2,300 MILLIGRAMS OF SODIUM, OR ABOUT 1 TEASPOON OF SALT,
PER DAY. HOWEVER,
ABOUT HALF THE POPULATION SHOULD GET EVEN LESS THAN THAT. A DIET EVEN LOWER IN SODIUM,
1,500 MILLIGRAMS PER DAY, IS RECOMMENDED
FOR PERSONS 51 AND OLDER AND THOSE OF ANY AGE
WHO ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE,
DIABETES, OR CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE. EVEN THOSE WHO TRY TO
WATCH WHAT THEY EAT MAY NOT REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH SALT IS IN OUR FOOD. MANY AMERICANS DON’T KNOW THAT UNSEEN SALT DRIVES UP THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE,
INCREASING THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND STROKE,
WHICH ARE THE FIRST AND THIRD LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH
IN THE UNITED STATES. Narrator: STUDIES SHOW
THAT ADULTS EAT AN AVERAGE OF 3,400 MILLIGRAMS OF SODIUM
EVERY DAY. THAT’S MORE THAN TWICE
THE RECOMMENDED LIMIT FOR MOST AMERICAN ADULTS AND FAR
MORE THAN THE BODY NEEDS. BUT THE SALT SHAKER
IS NOT THE MAJOR PROBLEM, NOR IS THE PINCH OF SALT
TOSSED INTO THE SPAGHETTI SAUCE. THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY
OF THE SALT WE EAT — ABOUT 3/4 OF IT —
IS ALREADY IN FOODS WE BUY FROM GROCERY STORES
AND RESTAURANTS. BUT IT’S NOT ONLY PRESENT
IN SALTY FOODS LIKE CURED MEATS, CHIPS,
AND PICKLES. IT’S ALSO HIDDEN IN FOODS
THAT MAY NOT EVEN TASTE SALTY LIKE CEREAL AND CONDIMENTS. AND IT’S THESE HIDDEN SOURCES
THAT MAKE REDUCING SALT INTAKE CHALLENGING
FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FOR SOCIETY. INCREASED SALT IN THE DIET
INCREASES BLOOD PRESSURE. INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE
INCREASES THE RISK FOR HEART ATTACK AND STROKE. WE HAVE IT FROM EVERY
SOURCE CONCURRENTLY, IN REGARD TO SALT
AND BLOOD PRESSURE. THE EVIDENCE IS EXTENSIVE,
CONSISTENT, STRONG, AND WORTHY OF THE DESIGNATION. IT’S A CAUSATIVE EFFECT. Anderson: THE MODIFICATION
OF SODIUM INTAKE FOR INDIVIDUALS
WHO HAVE EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT
WHETHER OR NOT INDIVIDUALS ARE HYPERTENSIVE,
WHETHER OR NOT THEY’RE AFRICAN-AMERICAN,
WHETHER OR NOT THEY’RE MIDDLE-AGED OR OLDER ADULTS. THIS IS A PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM
AND ONE THAT’S IMPORTANT FOR ALL AMERICANS. Narrator: THE TREMENDOUS BURDEN
OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE — HARDENED ARTERIES,
HEART ATTACK, HEART FAILURE, AND EVEN BLINDNESS —
IS ACCOMPANIED BY AN ALARMING ECONOMIC TOLL. ACCORDING TO RECENT ESTIMATES,
U.S. COSTS FOR HEART DISEASE AND STROKE, TO WHICH
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR,
WERE AN ESTIMATED $444 BILLION IN 2010. THIS INCLUDES SPENDING
ON HEALTH CARE, LOST PRODUCTIVITY, DEATH,
AND DISABILITY. CHANGING INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR
IS VERY HARD, EVEN AMONG THE MOST MOTIVATED. THAT’S WHY IMPROVING
THE AVAILABLE CHOICES REMAINS PART
OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORT ALONG WITH EDUCATION. THE PLEASURE OF EATING
IS A VERY IMPORTANT PLEASURE OF CIVILIZED HUMAN BEINGS. NONE OF US WHO HAVE ANY SENSE
WOULD THINK OF INTERFERING WITH THAT PLEASURE. THAT PLEASURE
IS FULLY ENJOYABLE. YOU JUST RE-EDUCATE
YOUR TASTE BUDS. SALT REDUCTION IN OUR FOOD NOT
ONLY REQUIRES A NEW MIND-SET BUT A NEW ENVIRONMENT, ONE IN WHICH HEALTHIER FOODS ARE THE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE DEFAULT OPTION FOR EVERYONE. SALT MATTERS. WE MUST ACT AND ACT NOW.

2 Replies to “Salt Matters: Preserving Choice, Protecting Health”

  1. The science behind this video is psuedo-science at best… The key is not restricting salt, but never eating sodium chloride by itself… it should be eaten in it's natural form (sea salt with browns and greys), celtic sea salt contains over 80 different trace minerals and the ratio of minerals are very similar to the ratio in our blood. Western medicine is very flat earth, and these types of videos are very misleading, and their is far more evidence to support whole salt being very healthy.

  2. If you do not have salt, you will die. Well done for being against salt. If you are against salt, you are against life. We need it.

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