Health Experts In Illinois Urge People To Cut Down Salt Intake

Bernie Tafoya
March 13, 2018 - 11:26 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Health experts are using the Illinois Sodium Reduction Week to urge people to cut back on salt.  

Dr. Lynne Braun, Ph.D, a nurse practitioner at the Rush Heart Center for Women said, "we know that Americans eat too much salt."

Braun said Americans consume more than twice as much sodium as they should each day and that, for their own health, they should #BreakUpWithSalt.

"Americans consume about 3,400 mg of sodium per day where as the recommendation by the American Heart Association is only 1,500 mg," she said. "Reducing the amount of salt in our diet is very important for blood pressure control. It is important to prevent the development of high blood pressure."

Dr. Braun said 75 precent of American’s salt intake is from processed and prepared foods and foods you get when you eat out. She suggests people season their food with things like pepper, garlic, Italian spices, oregano or basil. 

Braun also suggests looking at labels when grocery shopping to see how much sodium is included in the food you're buying.