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Is Sea Salt Good for High Blood Pressure?

Is Sea Salt Good for High Blood Pressure?

ANSWER:

There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that sea salt is good for high blood pressure.

How Does Sea Salt Differ from Table Salt?

Unlike table salt, sea salt is unprocessed making a popular choice for health-conscious consumers.  That coupled with the fact that the texture is coarser lending to a stronger flavor makes it a popular choice for chefs as well.  The fact is, when it comes to considering sodium and high blood pressures, sea salt has just as much sodium as table salt. [“Sea Salt vs. Table Salt”, heart.org]

Is Salt Getting a Bad Rap?

Since the first report emerged about salt’s relationship to hypertension over a century ago, the debate has continued to boil.  Several studies indicate that salt is directly related to hypertension while just as many studies refute the findings.  So what is the average health-conscious consumer to do?

The fact is that your body needs a small amount of salt, between 180-500 milligrams per day, to keep the body functioning properly. [“CDC Data and Statistics”, cdc.gov]

The US National Health Institute recommends that healthy adults consume 1200 milligrams per day of sodium and no more than 2300 milligrams per day. [“Sodium in Diet“, nih.gov] This may seem to be a generous amount of sodium until you discover that there are 1200 milligrams in one-half teaspoon of salt.  This means that sprinkling your vegetables may just fulfill your sodium requirements for the entire day. [“Sodium” heart.org]

Take that fact then consider the abundant consumption of sodium-laden processed foods that the average American family consumes daily and it is easy to see why 97% of children and adolescents are consuming too much salt. [“Sodium” heart.org]

 

REFERENCES:

“Daily Sodium Intake: Watching daily sodium intake is important for some.” Health Information and Medical Information – Harvard Health Publications. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2012.

“Sodium (Salt or Sodium Chloride).” www.heart.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2012. .

“Sodium in diet: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia.” National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2012.

 

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