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Reducing salt in your diet is important

MANY researchers agree that too much salt on one’s diet is bad for health.

According to a report issued by the World Health Organization and the George Institute for Global Health, “Salt Matters for Pacific Islands Countries.”

“High blood pressure is the biggest contributor to heart disease and stroke in the Pacific islands and is responsible for 13 percent of all deaths globally.”

The report added “Foods high in sodium like bread, margarine, crackers, noodles, soy sauce, canned foods, chips and crisps, curries, and salted fish are all common salted fish are all common staples for many households in the Pacific island countries and areas.”

Sodium intakes are high and continue to increase especially due to the growing use of processed foods and adding salt to foods.

Another study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that individuals reported more gastrointestinal bloating when they are on a diet high in salt.

The study’s senior author, Noel Mueller, PhD, MPH, said: “Bloating is one of the leading gastrointestinal complaints in the U.S. and can be exacerbated in some people by a high-fiber diet; our results suggest that they might be able to reduce bloating, without compromising on healthy fiber, by lowering their sodium intake.”

According to the study, “The key implication is that reducing sodium can be an effective way to reduce bloating — and in particular may be able to help maintain a healthy, high-fiber diet.”

Three women interviewed by this writer said they know that eating salty food can increase high blood pressure.

One of them, Marianne Caminero, said: “I’m taking several medicines for diabetes. I also watch my blood pressure and I take aspirin as well. I’m very careful with what I eat because I don’t want to have a stroke.”