The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states, too much salt corresponds unquestionably with high blood pressure, and “Fewer than half of selected food products met Food and Drug Administration sodium-per-serving conditions for labeling as ‘healthy’.”
“Excess sodium intake is a major preventable risk factor for hypertension. More than 90% of U.S. adults consume more sodium than recommended.” The CDC went on to state that adherence to low salt diets is difficult at best given the fact that most commercially prepared foods do not meet the low salt standards.
The CDC listed the top 10 food categories that contribute the most salt in the U.S. diet:
Meat mixed dishes
Pasta mixed dishes
“more than 70% of pizzas, pasta mixed dishes, and meat mixed dishes and 50% to 70% of cold cuts, soups, and sandwiches exceeded FDA ‘healthy’ labeling standards for sodium, whereas less than 10% of breads, savory snacks, and cheeses did.”
Ultimately, 50% or more of commercially prepared foods exceeded the salt- per-serving conditions for a healthful food.
The study found that there was very little variation in salt content in commercially prepared foods across the U.S. Therefore, it concluded that too much salt in commercially prepared foods was the likely culprit contributing to hypertension.
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