Study Reveals Link Between Sprinkling Salt On Food & CVD Risk

A recent study finds the association between how often you add salt to your food and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 

Tanya Srivastava
Written by: Tanya SrivastavaUpdated at: Dec 01, 2022 18:04 IST
Study Reveals Link Between Sprinkling Salt On Food & CVD Risk

An excess of sodium in the diet can lead to several health problems ranging form high blood pressure, to heart disease, and stroke. Too much salt can also cause calcium loss. As per data, people all around the world consume far more sodium than the body needs. A recent study finds the association between how often you add salt to your food and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. 

According to the research, sprinkling salt directly on food can help in predicting your cardiovascular (CVD) health. The study revealed that people who infrequently added salt and also followed the salt diet had the lowest risk of unwanted CVD problems in comparison with being on just the DASH diet.

The study was published in the Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology. Talking along the lines Dr. Sara Ghoneim, wrote an editorial accompanying the study’s publication and told a leading medical website. "Tracking our dietary salt intake can be a little tricky because most of the time, the food that we are served, or the one we cook also will have added salt in it. Therefore, if a person adds salt once a week to any particular meal, one might do better from a heart-health standpoint than someone who adds salt three or more times in a week."

Study Reveals Link Between Sprinkling Salt On Food & CVD Risk

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The analysis of the study revealed that people who are more likely to never or barely ever add salt to the food they eat and serve were women with a low body mass index (BMI).

"Continue to eat a DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet which is full of vegetables, fruits, and grains, low-fat dairy, fish, and chicken. It is suggested to participate in moderate exercise and try to limit the amount of times one may reach for table salt while having or serving a meal. The more you do this, the healthier your heart will be," Dr. Sara Ghoneim added.

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