Report: Cutting salt could save lives
New research on salt intake
- Duration 3:40
- Date Feb 17, 2013
New research on salt intake
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Welcome back to -- a house call I understand that French Fries -- much better with salt.
But there is eye opening new research that links your salt intake to how long you'll live.
According to this new study eating less salt every day could save close to a half million American lives over the next decade so -- -- -- sexy golf.
Well first of all this study is a mathematical model where they took a lot of information based on what -- -- and put it together and made estimates have.
If you've decreased your soul to where we want it.
What would happen.
Now most americans' average about three point six grams of salt -- day.
All all recommendations from the CDC institute of medicine and I -- they want us to have about two -- today 2.2.
That's a lot less in this study estimated a mathematical model that it's over a decade we decreased our -- -- picked by 40%.
It would save 500000 lives well that's not rounds in terms of a tease them -- thing right it's about independent.
Anderson it it cookies it's about one teaspoon of -- about when things -- no.
Here's how this works.
The salt shaker is about 25% of the salt we get what most of the -- -- -- -- and here's why I'm optimistic Jamie that we really could decreased by 40%.
I don't know that that's proof that we would save half a million lives but.
Salt has been associated directly with heart disease with high blood pressure with the strokes with bad outcomes I believe the research on this how do we do it well -- -- -- 25% but most of the salt we get is hidden.
In soups in breads and cereals.
-- how many people out there -- no.
Fed bread is loaded with salt if we simply shifted over to more fruit and vegetables and more grains and less cereals and less soups and less processed foods we can make up that 40% and we would live a lot -- -- so good now.
You're great you're doing isn't -- it's because of the -- but you can replacing get used to it I think fruits racecar but it takes a while the -- you -- look at it and.
I mean it's the amount of sodium some of these cans are just unbelievable doctors producer or an alternative to soft if you want to eat those they do make low sodium varieties of a lot of things -- is that enough.
I'm not sure if the alternatives look but as mark mentioned we're just getting double the dose of salt in our diet.
And also healthy people need to watch out because it's you know assault what it does we need salt.
To survive that's extremely important but too much of it as we -- is not good for you and it absorbs the water.
The pressure -- your vessels goes which is known as high blood pressure and and heart disease etc.
Everyone knows that but -- studies on this is very confusing and is very conflict and we don't have the correct answer.
What we know is that if you over the age of 51.
If you have kidney disease if you have heart disease if you're African Americans you have to stick to 15100 milligrams of salt which is half -- -- Did the highest number that you can go is about forty -- going to just put a perspective you've got a cheese burger with French Fries.
That's -- 12100 yard catch up to that that's your 15100.
The rest of the day you're going to have the rolls and the breadth.
I you know where most of the time you would think that you give yourself I thought potato chips soda popcorn soda.
That's -- sugar.
You know it would give you all of assault but distribute the -- and this -- everything else.
I always tell my patients who sent -- -- -- for.
-- there's white fathers sugar we've spoken before white flowers that want salt makes it.
-- finally cocaine these are the four white palace goodness they -- wanna stay away and that's like El -- sure all right so don't put sauce their food.
We get enough usually don't matter anymore -- -- Warsaw router our food your restaurants are going to be loaded with the M unemployed to out of Boston this next week no assault on the food and you know never.