Kids are overloading
According to Health Canada, the government department overseeing the country’s public health, 77 percent of children ages one to three and 93 percent of kids ages four to eight are exceeding the recommended daily sodium intake. Learn more about these 13 foods that have way more salt than you realized.
A potassium deficit could worsen sodium’s effects
Like sodium, potassium is an important mineral in the body. While excess sodium increases blood pressure, potassium eases tension in blood-vessel walls and helps keep blood pressure in check. The mineral also aids in sodium excretion so that excess salt doesn’t stick around and cause problems, says cardiologist Suzanne Oparil, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Blood tests ordered by your doctor can confirm whether you’re low in potassium, but so long as you’re eating your fruits and vegetables, you shouldn’t have to worry. High sources of potassium include white beans, spinach, bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes, and yogurt.
You’re falling for fake news
Both the food industry and the salt industry fund research on dietary sodium. “Their interests will often fund the low-quality evidence,” says Norm Campbell, MD, a sodium and hypertension expert at the University of Calgary’s Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta. “And even when they haven’t funded it, they will market the low-quality evidence, increasing its visibility.” Read up on these 21 food myths you need to stop believing.