Cardiologists’ Warning: “Salt’s effect on heart health is VERY real.”

Too Much Salt Damages Heart Muscles

(HOLLY VAN HARE, THE DAILY MEAL) It’s time to get serious about salt — according to one recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Caridology, the average U.S. adult consumes enough salt each day to do serious damage to their heart.

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We know that sodium is a problem. Sodium levels in restaurant food and fast-food takeout have flown through the roof and become an imminent concern for American health.

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But with so many other health debates simmering, such as those surrounding chemical additives, GMOs, and gluten, salt has fallen silently off the radar. Well, the radar needs to relocate: Unlike the often-imaginary health consequences of gluten and dairy, salt’s effect on heart health is very real. And it’s very serious.

Diets with a high sodium content have been known for some time now to have an inflating influence on blood pressure — which, when it gets too high, can put a great deal of strain on the heart to efficiently pump blood. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and other coronary problems.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE AT THEDAILYMEAL.COM