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Fruits & Veggies Cannot Offset Blood Pressure Increasing Effects of Too Much Salt

By jeremyc | March 7, 2018

Is it possible to offset high intake of salt by eating lots of vegetables and fruits? The answer is no, according to a new study.

It is no secret that high intake of salt significantly increases the risk of developing high blood pressure (also known as hypertension). In this condition the pressure in the blood vessels is consistently higher than normal. This in turn increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Health experts state following a diet that is rich in vegetables and fruits can help reduce blood pressure. However, the new study says that such a diet can’t counterbalance the negative effects of eating too much salt. The researchers came to this conclusion after studying data of over 4,000 adults.

High blood pressure is a common health problem. It is estimated that no fewer than 75 million individuals in the U.S. have this problem.

Two readings are used for measuring blood pressure: systolic and dystolic.  When the blood pressure is 120/80, it is considered normal. As per the new guideline, blood pressure of 130/80 is high. This guideline puts nearly 50 percent of adults in the U.S. into hypertensive category.

To reduce your risk of hypertension, it is important to not eat a lot of salt. According to experts, one should limit daily salt intake to one teaspoon.

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