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Sodium May Be Bad, But Are The Alternatives Better?

June 12, 2009: 09:41 AM EST
Excessive salt intake is generally regarded as undesirable, given its links to cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death worldwide. Raised blood pressure accounts for about 49 percent of all CVD cases, and 30 to 50 percent of people with high blood pressure are known to be salt-sensitive. Table salt (sodium chloride) is the most common source of salt in the human diet, but a large number of common food ingredients also contain salt. Research suggests that a balance of salt and potassium in the diet is beneficial, and many salt substitutes are based on this. However, some people, particularly those with kidney disease, should avoid these substitutes. There are also potential health issues with other alternatives, such as magnesium, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and L-lysine.
Christina Fitzgerald, "Shaking Out Sodium Replacement Facts ", Food Product Design, June 12, 2009, © Virgo Publishing, LLC
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