Sodium, Fried Foods and the Mall Food Court

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 It is no secret that the #1 killer of people in America is Heart Disease. If you haven’t noticed all of the big belly people walking around the shopping malls on the weekends then you need to open your eyes! High blood pressure is a serious issue that most people just seem to ignore. This is a subject that I’ve grown up around. It sort of goes with the territory down here in the Deep South. My Grandma always said that we had to cut down on salt so that we wouldn’t be sick as we got older. Well, everyone got older and no one really reduced their salt intake and now most everyone in the family has a blood pressure problem. Its kind of sad to see that people just assume that you are supposed to grow older and start taking medications for blood pressure. Its like they see it as some “rite of passage” that you are supposed to go through.

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration should and needs to regulate the amount of salt added to foods to help Americans cut their high sodium intake, which can lead to high blood pressure, kidney failure and strokes. This kind of regulation is needed because Americans get most of their salt from processed and restaurant food, and telling them to eat less salt has not worked. Most American families have one or more members with high blood pressure and it especially ravages African-American families and has so for many generations.

 We as a nation eat way too much sodium. People only need no more than 1,500 mg of salt a day to maintain bodily functions, but the average American eats more than 3,400 milligrams a day, or the equivalent of 1.5 teaspoons of salt. Take personal responsibility to avoid eating fast foods and frozen foods as these are the biggest culprits in the world of high sodium foods. It is best to prepare your own meals at home using fresh healthy foods that promote health, not disease. andThe choice belongs to you. Teach your family members about the dangers of eating too much sodium. We need to do more to restrict companies from adding unneeded sodium to our foods. A good friend of mine refers to these businesses as “high sodium pimps”!

 The amount of fried food eaten every day is just beyond stupid as waistlines across North America continue to expand. Selling fried foods that are dripping in Omega 6 fats is very lucrative for people in the food business. Omega 6 fats promote inflammation in the body and compounded by the digestion of huge amounts of sodium usually means that you are going to develop a cardiovascular problem over a period of time. Of course if you have stock invested in one of the billion dollar drug companies or maybe you own a fried food eatery at the local mall food court then you are probably pretty happy watching the overweight and diabetic folks give you their money every day! Beat diabetes and high blood pressure with alkaline foods

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

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