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Are you salting your food too much? Here are the health risks you may face

Are you salting your food too much? Here are the health risks you may face

Too much salt in the diet can be a significant risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and other health problems. According to a new report from the Swedish National Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket), it is estimated that one in five heart attacks and one in ten cases of stroke are attributed to excessive salt consumption.

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Too much salt increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases

High salt intake can elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases by affecting the health of blood vessels and adding strain to the heart.

How to test your salt intake and improve your health

To take control of your health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, it's important to regularly test your levels of sodium in the blood. A blood test can provide you with information about your salt intake and indicate if you are at risk of health problems related to excessive salt consumption.

To reduce your salt intake and improve your health, you can make several simple changes to your diet:

  1. Choose foods with low salt content
  2. Avoid processed and packaged foods, which often contain high levels of salt
  3. Use less salt in cooking and at the table
  4. Use herbs and spices to flavor food without needing to use too much salt.

By taking these steps to reduce your salt intake, you can take control of your health and decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases and other health issues in the long term.

Read also: Are you overconsuming sugar?

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