You know that drinking too many sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), such as teas and flavored drinks, is bad for your waistline. New research shows that it may be bad for something else, too—your blood pressure. A new study of nearly 3,000 people published in the journal Hypertension reported that those who drank more than one serving a day of SSBs had significantly higher blood pressure than participants who drank one serving (about 12 ounces) or less daily.
Americans have a supersized salt habit. (On average we eat 3,400 milligrams of sodium in a day, which is about 11⁄2 teaspoons of salt.) If we—as a population—slashed sodium by about 1,000 mg (1⁄2 teaspoon) out of our daily diets, we’d lower our risk of heart disease by up to 9 percent, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Save salt with these 3 easy ways to trim 1,000 mg of sodium:
1. Trade a meaty personal-size pizza for a veggie version.
2. Eat 1 less tablespoon soy sauce with your sushi.
Find out the target results for cholesterol tests, blood pressure tests and more, and how to improve your numbers.
Here’s a list of the most important tests for measuring your heart health (consult your doctor to see which ones you need—and how often).
8 tips to keep your blood pressure numbers in check.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects millions of people. It’s true that certain risk factors are out of your control, but there are key diet changes you can make to help keep your blood pressure in a healthy range—one of which is watching your salt intake.