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The Connection Between Salt and Premature Death

Long term salt consumption might lead to cancer and other diseases in the long run.

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Without salt and pepper, life would be so bland. These seasonings are staples in kitchens around the globe. According to Real Simple, salt is technically known as sodium chloride and is “a crystalline compound” used primarily for seasoning. Table salt, kosher salt, Himalayan pink salt, fleur de sel, sea salt, and Hawaiian red lava rock salt are just some of the many types of salt available. You should choose your salt carefully because each variety has its own flavor profile and complements certain foods and ingredients (via Country Living).

To put it another way, those who put extra salt on their food have a 28% higher risk of dying prematurely than those who don’t. According to Dive, a lot of people regularly salt their food. According to a study published in the European Heart Journal in June 2022, those who regularly add salt to their food have a 28% higher risk of dying before their time.

But if you eat frequently at fast food chains, you should know that many of their dishes already have too much sodium in them, even if you don’t add any salt to them yourself. Major offenders include the Classic Combo from Applebee’s, the Southern Fried Buffalo Chicken Sandwich from TGI Fridays, and the Pasta Napoletana from Cheesecake Factory (as reported by Eat This, Not That!).

Men who regularly salt their food lose an average of 2.3 years of life expectancy, while women who do the same lose 1.5 years, according to the study. We’d be waiting a very long time to put those little crystals in our food. However, there could be a small solution to this. Consumption of salt had less of an effect on those who consumed a lot of fruits and vegetables. Eater suggests seasoning fruit with salt if you frequently add salt to your food because it enhances the fruit’s natural sweetness.

Check out the effects of salt overload either way.

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