Misunderstanding Salt and Wine
The American Heart Association (AHA) surveyed 1,000 adults and found that 61 percent of them believe that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to table salt. It’s not. In fact, both table salt and most sea salts contain 40 percent sodium. AHA surveys also found that 46 percent of people believe that table salt is the main culprit in sodium intake. Wrong again. Up to 75 percent of the sodium in American diets comes from not the salt shaker, but from prepared foods such as soups and processed meats.
But salt isn’t the only thing Americans misunderstand. They also have been misinformed about the health benefits of wine. Although 76 percent of the respondents knew that wine can be good for your heart, only 30 percent were aware of the AHA’s recommended limits for daily wine consumption. It’s wise to limit any type of alcohol consumption to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women, according to the AHA. In general, that’s about eight ounces of wine for men and four ounces of wine for women. Drinking too much of any type of alcohol can increase blood pressure and lead to heart failure, stroke, irregular heartbeat, obesity and cancer.