Most people don’t realize it, but, salt is everywhere—not just the salt shaker. Even foods like canned vegetables are packed with sodium. You’d do well to avoid them, even if you’re already eating a nutrient-dense diet. Dr. Fuhrman explains:
A large body of data illustrates that populations with low salt consumption have lower levels of blood pressure compared to populations with higher salt intake. In Japan and China, salt intakes are often as high as eighteen grams or more per day. Hypertension (high blood pressure) and stroke are the major causes of premature death in these nations. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that in the United States, the man salt intake is eight grams per day. This high intake of sodium assures that we have an elderly population with high blood pressure.
The Japanese and Chinese may eat a lot of vegetables, but they’re retarding the benefits with all that salt. And just what are drawbacks of high salt intake? Dr. Fuhrman lists some, take a look:
High salt intake, and resultant high blood pressure later in life, does not merely increase the risk and incidence of stroke. It also can lead to kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and heart attack.
Now, it appears researchers are very concerned about all this salt—especially in regard to kids—a new study hopes to curb childhood obesity by cutting the salt
. Jamie Stengle of the Associated Press
Kids who load up on salty meals and snacks get thirsty, and too often they turn to calorie-filled sodas. So maybe cutting back on the salt is a good way to cut the calories. That's the idea coming from a British study published Wednesday in an American Heart Association journal…
… Not only could less salt translate to fewer soft drinks and therefore fewer calories, but a modest reduction in salt has already been shown to lower blood pressure, which increases the risk of later-in-life heart attack and stroke, researchers say…
…The study suggested that cutting in half the amount of salt British children consume - a decrease of about half a teaspoon a day - would lead to an average reduction of about 18 ounces of sugar-sweetened soft drinks per week.
Again, Dr. Fuhrman is no fan of salt. “I recommend that no salt at all be added to any food,” he once said, and, he really wants you to keep it away from your kids. Here are his five most dangerous things to feed your child, have a look:
Butter and cheese: full of saturated fat and fat-delivered chemical pollutants
Potato chips and French fries: rich in trans fat, salt, and carcinogenic acrylamides
Doughnuts and other trans fat-containing sweets: rich in trans fat, sugar, and other artificial substances
Sausages, hot dogs, and other luncheon meats: contain N-nitroso compounds that are potent carcinogens
Pickled, smoked, or barbequed meats: places you at risk of both stomach cancer and high blood pressure.
What do all these things have in common—other than being disgusting—salt! In fact, I bet if you check the wrapper on those sweets and doughnuts you’ll find an inordinate amount of salt—what do you think?