Salt makes things taste a lot better, but eating too much of it can have disastrous effects on your health. Food companies have spent billions figuring out what keeps us coming back for more, and unfortunately, they found that salt will increase their profits while keeping us addicted, sick, and unhealthy.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating between 1,500 to 2,400 mg of salt per day. With that said, Americans eat an average of 3,400 mg per day, most of which comes from processed foods. This further exacerbates risks for health problems, because processed foods have very little nutrients, a ton of calories, and a few too many pinches of salt.
To illustrate the dangers of high-sodium diets, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that there are an estimated 1.65 million deaths worldwide linked to high sodium consumption annually. In the U.S., 10 percent of all heart-related deaths are caused by too much sodium. While most people don’t die from eating too much salt, it can still pose other health risks.
Below, we’ll go over what can happen if you consume too much salt and how to limit your intake of added salt as well.
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