Foods4BetterHealth.com, a food and nutrition web site that promotes healthy foods to prevent disease and illness, is reporting on a new study aimed at those concerned about blood pressure.
The Foods4BetterHealth report (http://www.foods4betterhealth.com/how-salty-snacks-spike-your-blood-pressure-10232) notes that while it is well known that eating salty snacks is detrimental to good health, this new knowledge could halt those cravings for good.
The Foods4BetterHealth article, “How Salty Snacks Spike Your Blood Pressure,” explains that research from the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil has outlined how people who crave salty foods often have high blood pressure. (Source: Monteiro, C.A. and Cannon, G. (2012), “The Impact of Transnational ‘Big Food’ Companies on the South: A View from Brazil.” PLoS Med 9(7): e1001252. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001252.)
The Foods4BetterHealth article reports that hypertension is known as the “silent killer” because of its lack of symptoms. About 78 million people in the United States have high blood pressure, and a major contributor to the blood pressure epidemic is salt.
The Foods4BetterHealth report notes that the University of Sao Paolo study divided 118 people into four groups, keeping in mind age, physical health, and prior history of blood pressure problems; the groups without high blood pressure were considered healthy. Each participant was given the option of various French breads: lightly salty, medium salty, and highly salty.
The Foods4BetterHealth article adds that the young, healthy group chose the lightly salted bread, the older, healthy group went for the medium-salted bread, and both high blood pressure groups opted for the highly salty bread. Two weeks later, the second stage of the study provided the same bread options, with added oregano. In each instance, the group’s original choices changed to a less salty bread option. The study team concluded that seasoning food with oregano can help conquer salt cravings.
“Bread is a staple, but bread is salty and many Americans have high blood pressure, so I certainly see a correlation,” says Dr. Kevin J. McLaughlin, Health and Wellness Specialist for Foods4BetterHealth. “Like most preliminary studies, more research is needed. However, it is clear to me that processed, high-sodium foods should be avoided.”
The Foods4BetterHealth report concludes that the average person requires between 1,500 and 2,300 mg of sodium per day. However, according to the American Diabetes Association, the average American consumes 3,400 mg.
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