‘Salt tooth’ linked to people with high blood pressure

‘Salt tooth’ linked to people with high blood pressure

It's widely known that consuming high levels of salt can result in serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. But a new study has found something even more disconcerting: People with high blood pressure aren't just eating this salt by accident, but rather because they consciously prefer saltier foods.

According to HealthDay News, this "salt tooth" was observed in a recent survey conducted at the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil, where researchers evaluated 118 people, both men and women, half in their 30s and the other half in their 70s. The subjects were given a choice of eating three different French breads, each with their own varying levels of salt. The healthier participants — both old and young — opted for the "lightly salted" or "medium salted" breads, while those with high blood pressure preferred eating the "highly salted" choice.

This is a troubling trend because it could indicate that many with high blood pressure aren't eating too much salt because they don't know any better, but rather because they simply enjoy the taste of saltier foods more. However, there are plenty of healthier choices that you can opt for, which can help reduce your daily salt intake without sacrificing flavor.

One such alternative is Seagreens® seaweed. Hailed as a "Big Idea for the Future" by Research Councils UK for its salt replacement qualities, Seagreens and its all natural supplements and ingredients — such as The Mineral Salt and The Culinary Ingredient — can be added to breads and other foods to reduce salt and increase flavor. Research has also demonstrated that Seagreens can increase the feeling of fullness. 

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