Think those Low-Fat Chips Are Healthy? Think Again

The CDC reports an updated look at an old study. This study, from 2005- 2006, reported that 29% of adults had hypertension (high blood pressure) and 28% of adults had prehypertension (blood pressure higher than normal but not yet high enough to be called high blood pressure). Hypertension is one of the leading contributors to heart disease and stroke.

 

Excessive salt intake is one of the major contributing factors in hypertension. People already at risk for hypertension should consume no more than 15oomg of salt per day.

 

Who are the people at risk? African Americans, all adults over 40 and those who already have hypertension. That’s 69.2% of the population. Adults in general should consume no more than 2300mg of salt per day. LINK

 

Processed foods of all kinds are high in salt. So, re-think those chips!

 

For more on diet see

Dietary Guidelines

 

 

 

 

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