Salt of the Earth – Sodium and Plant Based Diets

Is a plant-based diet sufficient to reach sodium goals?
Non-vegetarians get nearly 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day on average, the equivalent of about a teaspoon and a half of table salt. Now, the U.S. Dietary guidelines recommend getting under 2,300 a day, and the American Heart Association says, no way, get under just 1,500 a day. Vegetarians did better, but still double the American Heart Association limit.

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This is part of my extended series on sodium. If you missed it, please check out:
• High Blood Pressure May Be a Choice (
• Sprinkling Doubt: Taking Sodium Skeptics with a Pinch of Salt (
• The Evidence that Salt Raises Blood Pressure (
• Sodium Skeptics Try to Shake up the Salt Debate (
• Shaking the Salt Habit (
• Sodium and Arterial Function: A-Salting our Endothelium (

If you’re already cutting out processed foods and still not reaching your blood pressure goals, see my last video, Wakame Seaweed Salad May Lower Blood Pressure ( and a few others:
• Hibiscus Tea vs. Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension (
• Flax Seeds for Hypertension (
• How to Prevent High Blood Pressure with Diet (
• How to Treat High Blood Pressure with Diet (
• Oxygenating Blood With Nitrate-Rich Vegetables (

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Thanks for watching. I hope you’ll join in the evidence-based nutrition revolution!
-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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