CNN aired a segment on the dangers of a high-sodium diet and the toll consuming too much salt takes on your body. The health-style segment outlines how salt destroys the natural anatomical function and causes inflammation which is one of the leading causes of diseases. Today’s society is so fast-paced that it is not uncommon to go to a drive-thru at least twice a week. Americans eat about 3,400 mg of sodium a day, more than the suggested 2,300 milligrams and double the 1,500 milligrams for people who over 50, African American, or who have hypertension, diabetes, or kidney disease.
Fast-foods that contain the highest amounts of sodium (via Health.com)
- Quiznos’ Large French Dip Sandwich. Without the cheese and Au Jus-it contains 2,240 milligrams of sodium, with the works-3,610!
- Jack in the Box Deli Trio. 2442 milligrams of sodium.
- Arby’s Mozzarella Sticks. 2,530 milligrams of sodium.
- Panera Bread;s Full Turkey Bacon Bravo. 2,800 milligrams of sodium.
- Domino’s Mac & Cheese. 1,390 milligrams of sodium.
- McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Pancakes. 2,260 milligrams of sodium.
- Dunkin’ Donuts’ Salt Bagels. 3,350 milligrams of sodium.
- Taco Bell’s Volcano Nachos. 1,670 milligrams of sodium.
- Starbucks Turkey & Swiss Sandwich. 1,140 milligrams of sodium.
- Subways’s Spicy Italian Sandwich. 3200 milligrams of sodium.
- Wendy’s Baja Salad. 1,975 milligrams of sodium.
- KFC Big Variety Box Meal. 3000 milligrams of sodium when combined with a soda.
- Papa John’s Buffalo Pizza. One slice has 1,050 milligrams of sodium.
- Hardee’s Monster Thick Burger. 2,860 milligrams of sodium.
- Long John Silver’s 2-pc fish dinner. 2,140 milligrams of sodium.
- Chipotle’s Burrito. 2,650 milligrams of sodium. (This was based on the pork burrito with rice, beans, red sauce.)
- Popeye’s Chicken Po Boy. 2120 milligrams of sodium.
Excess salt is harmful to the cardiovascular system
- For one, though its effects vary among individuals, too much sodium can raise blood pressure.“A high sodium intake can damage the natural ability of blood vessels to dilate and increase blood flow to tissues,” said Dr. Frank Sacks, professor of cardiovascular disease prevention in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.“It boils down to having a healthy endothelial lining — a one-cell-lined-thick layer that lines your arteries,” Angelone explained. “Too much sodium stiffens cells that line arteries and keeps them from releasing nitric oxide, which keeps arteries flexible.”
- In fact, the more sodium we consume, the greater the risk of heart disease. According to one recent study published in the journal Circulation, for every 1,000 milligram increase in sodium intake, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases by 17%.