According to a 2015 report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), salt still remains one of the major health hazards of American diets. Despite an increase of awareness of the dangers of high salt usage, little has changed over the last ten years. More than 90 percent of children and 89 percent of adults consume more sodium than is recommended, almost twice as much.
Approximately 17 million people die from cardiovascular disease each year, and salt is believed to be a major contributor to the problem. It can increase blood pressure by retaining excess fluid and increasing stress on the heart and has been linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease. This isn't just an adult problem, 97 percent of children in the United States eat too much salt.
The massive amount of salts, sugars and fats in our diet has taken over health news this week, and it's about time! Consumption of salty, sugary and fatty foods has skyrocketed in the United States. We now consume more than three times the amount of cheese than in the 1970's -- 33 pounds of cheese per year, along with 70 pounds of sugar and six pounds of salt!