Cardiologist Salamatina: avoiding added salt in food will not harm your health

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Avoiding the use of added salt in the diet will not only not cause harm, but will also be beneficial for improving the health of the cardiovascular system, says the doctor.

Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the benefits of avoiding added sugar (the kind that is specifically added to foods during their manufacture). But added salt is also an unsafe spice if consumed in excess, since in this case it contributes to increased blood pressure, the development of hypertension, heart attacks and strokes. Cardiologist Lyudmila Salamatina stated that many modern people need to limit the presence of added salt in their diet or even practice a complete abstinence from it.

It is generally accepted that salt cannot be completely abandoned: it is a source of electrolytes necessary for the body. Salamatina explained that it is not a complete abstinence from table salt that is harmful to the body, but from sodium, which actually ensures the balance of fluid in the body and the balance of blood pressure, the normal functioning of muscles and nerves. But people usually consume enough sodium, which is present in many foods: for example, bread, kefir, cottage cheese, eggs. In addition, cheese, sausages, sauces, canned foods, processed foods, and frozen foods are saturated with sodium or salt.

If a person does not use table salt, he will still eat enough of it throughout the day in various foods. Therefore, avoiding added salt in food will not harm your health, the cardiologist stated.

“For adults, WHO recommends consuming no more than 2000 mg of sodium per day (this is less than 5 g of salt per day, a little less than a teaspoon). A complete abstinence from salt, that is, its use in cooking, is not dangerous. The body already receives enough salt from prepared foods,” Salamatina told Gazeta.Ru.
Earlier, the portal wrote that eating fruit on an empty stomach will not harm a person if he does not have stomach diseases.

Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Lyudmila Salamatina Lyudmila Salamatina Healthy lifestyle cardiologist, therapist, specialist in functional diagnostics