It is known that a diet high in salt and processed meat can bring lots of harms to people’s health.
In a recent study, researchers found that eating too much salt and too many processed meat is linked to most deaths from diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
The team examined dietary intake and deaths from diabetes, stroke and heart disease in 318,000 people.
They found these deaths were linked to eating too much salt and too many processed meat.
Eating too much salty food was linked to nearly 10% of those deaths.
In addition, eating too much salt and too much-processed meat often go hand-in-hand in sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, beef jerky, canned meat, meat sauces, lunch meats, and bacon.
The team found processed meats are a key source of salt, but so are snacks, prepared foods, and even packaged vegetables, especially those canned in salt.
Moreover, eating too little omega-3 rich seafood, nuts, and seeds, could contribute to the deaths.
The results suggest that many deaths from diabetes, stroke and heart disease were due to eating too much salt.
Eating too much sodium can lead to increased blood pressure, which in turn contributes to heart disease and stroke.
That is why reducing sodium intake to recommended amounts is important to maintaining heart health.
The CDC suggests that more than 70% of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed and restaurant foods. Only a small amount comes from the salt shaker.
The 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that Americans consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day as part of a healthy eating plan.
The team says people can choose to eat whole, unprocessed foods such as fresh vegetables and meats to reduce their salt intake.
The research is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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