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.
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. The 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”! 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 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