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In an age of convenience foods, frozen dinners and packaged meals are commonplace. And with the lack of time we all seem to have within a day, it’s easy to fall prey to these food choices. However, many of these pre-packaged meals are loaded with sodium. (Just take a look at the sodium content on the back of a can of soup!) Our society’s overconsumption of salt has led to premature aging in obese adolescents, according to a recent study coming out of Georgia Regents University.

Worse, it doesn’t seem like big companies are going to slow down on these sodium levels. If salt can extend a product’s shelf life inexpensively while adding some flavor, companies are going to keep adding it.

“Unfortunately, our health has never featured much in business practices,” said OGP’s Jonathon Engels.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend a sodium intake of less than 2,300 milligrams per day. And this number is significantly lowered for those aged 51 or older, or those with health problems such as high blood pressure: for them, the recommendation is no more than 1,500 milligrams per day. Sadly, the majority of Americans, age 2 and up, consume around 3,400 milligrams of salt per day.

High salt intake is literally killing us on the inside with high blood pressure and heart disease, and the outside, with premature cellular aging. The U.S. is plagued with a salt apocalypse, where even our fast food’s salt content is higher than other countries!

Luckily, there are ways to combat this salt takeover. Arm yourself with 10 Tricks to Reducing Your Sodium Intake and Tips on Striking a Balance. Here’s a guide on Salt Alternatives. And to show you that there’s still hope out there, we’ve compiled a list of delicious, low-sodium treats to appease anyone’s appetite:

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 1. Vegan ‘Nutella’ Spread [GF]

Nutella

 

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11 comments on “Yikes! High Salt Intake = Premature Aging. Here Are Some Great Low-Sodium Dishes to Cut the Salt”

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Anne Palmer Landry
7 Months Ago

Not so true. My aunt was recently hospitalized with a dangerous condition related to low sodium. Determined to have been caused by drinking too much watet (the much hyped eight glasses per day) and too little sodium in her diet. These kind of blanket claims and scate tactics can be harmful and possibly even deadly!


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Bonnie Groves
7 Months Ago

I am screwed, huge saltaholic.


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Brian Olsen
7 Months Ago

Heather im not eating salt anymore.


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Lila Ayres
7 Months Ago

Not buying this one; we need salt to function properly.


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Massuma La'Rae
7 Months Ago

Oi I ain't old ! I thought I had the mental age of 5 remember !


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Simon Milne
7 Months Ago

Massuma La'Rae


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Faith Cavalli
7 Months Ago

https://m.facebook.com/move.eat.motivate


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Jerome Drossart
7 Months Ago

Salt causing you wrinkles... must be a new one


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Acacia Gray
7 Months Ago

Luckily, I don't consume salt.


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Julie Dell
7 Months Ago

Not if you have Addisons Disease when you can crave and need salt!


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