For salt lovers, these are sodium delicacies.
But eating high-salt foods such as these for a long period of time may damage your blood vessels and increase your risk of developing high blood pressure.
According to new research, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, people who have this kind of damage to their blood vessels are more likely to develop hypertension. High blood pressure increases a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke.
Researchers did not examine “the cause-and-effect relationship between salt intake and high blood pressure,” according to a news release from the AHA. But the study adds “to the considerable evidence that a diet heavy on salt is closely linked to high blood pressure,” said Dr. John Forman, the study’s lead author.
“In addition, this study reinforces guidelines backed by the American Heart Association and other professional organizations that recommend reducing salt consumption to minimize the risk of developing high blood pressure,” said Forman, who is also a nephrologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.
According to the AHA, as much as 40 percent of all cases of high blood pressure in the United States are believed to be related to a high-salt diet.
Source: Circulation, a Journal of the American Heart Association, AHA news release
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