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Take Diet Advice with a Grain of Salt

posted on August 4, 2006

Health experts are issuing another warning about diet. Experts say salt intake should be limited to about half a teaspoon a day. The Institute of Medicine says most Americans consume about four times that amount. High salt diets can cause high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart and kidney diseases, stroke and possibly asthma and some cancers. The good news is that much of the damage is reversible simply by cutting back on salt.

The American Medical Association says if Americans cut their salt use in half, 150,000 lives a year could be saved.

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