Study: Salt replacements may be more effective than simply cutting out sodium
Americans have a long-standing love affair with salt. This seasoning can be found on practically every kitchen table, and the federal government even infused salt with iodine to make sure the general public consumed enough of this essential nutrient. However, excess sodium has been linked with high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions, leading medical practitioners and government legislators to advocate lower overall consumption.
Recently, a team of researchers from University of California, San Diego investigated the feasibility of reduced-sodium diets, and the best ways to cut back how much salt Americans eat. They found that teaching people about potential salt replacements like herbs and spices may be more beneficial than simply instructing them to use less of the seasoning. The findings were presented this week at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014.
"Salt is abundant in the food supply and the average sodium level for Americans is very high – much higher than what is recommended for healthy living," said lead author Cheryl Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., in a press release. "We studied the use of a behavioral intervention where people learn how to use spices and herbs and less salt in their daily lives."
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