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Sodium, a component of salt, causes a rise in blood pressure. Limiting your intake of salt is a healthy move, whether or not you suffer from hypertension. The key is to reduce your intake of processed foods, since these are often loaded with sodium.
Quebecers eat an average of 3500 mg of sodium (or salt) every day. This is more than twice the recommended daily amount.
Recommended daily intake of sodium
Adults 50 and under 1500 mg
51 to 70 years old 1300 mg
Over 70 years old 1200 mg
A high intake of salt not only significantly increases your odds of developing hypertension it also puts you at risk for other serious health problems:
The food industry adds large amounts of salt to products in order to enhance their taste and ensure their conservation.
Sodium Content of Processed Versus Unprocessed Foods
Do you have questions about salt intake, hypertension or blood pressure measurement? Your family pharmacist can help. All you have to do is ask!
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