Which of the following foods increase the risk of stroke and heart failure?
- Canned Vegetables
- TV Dinners
- Bottled Vegetable Juice
- Cold Cuts
Answer: All of the Above
Why? They contain a tremendous amount of salt. According to the American Heart Association a high sodium diet increases the risk of stroke and heart failure.
“Too much sodium in your system causes your body to retain (hold onto) water. This puts an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels. In some people, this may lead to or raise high blood pressure. Having less sodium in your diet may help you lower or avoid high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.”
– American Heart Association
The preservatives used to give these products a long shelf life are super high in sodium. According to the Calorie King, Del Monte’s Canned Green Beans contain 800mg of salt in one serving, that is more than half of what the American Heart Association recommends eating in a day. If you had two servings of beans and a serving of canned carrots you might think you were eating healthy… in actuality you’d be over the American Heart Associations recommended sodium intake for the entire day by almost 1000mg!