We’re eating less salt as we move further away from an ocean-effected climate.
But the evidence is mounting that we’re also eating more potassium rich foods.
The latest figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that in 2016, the average American ate about 1,900 milligrams of potassium per day.
That’s higher than the global average of 1,300 milligram per day, according to a recent report from the University of Texas.
In addition, a 2015 study by the World Health Organization found that people in low-income countries are eating more fruits and vegetables than Americans.
This trend, coupled with a rising tide of obesity and chronic disease, has put pressure on food prices, said Dr. Thomas G. Riedel, professor of epidemiology at the University at Buffalo.
“There’s a growing recognition that we need to shift our focus from cheap processed food to healthier, nutrient-rich foods,” he said.
Riesel and his colleagues surveyed more than 300,000 Americans about their food intake and found that the average adult ate 1,913 milligms of potassium and that the median American ate 1.4 grams of potassium.
Riel says it’s too early to say whether Americans are eating too much salt.
But he believes that Americans are consuming too much potassium and not enough fruits and veggies.
“What I do know is that people are eating less fruits and veg than they used to, and they’re also getting more sodium,” he added.
“That is going to increase the amount of excess salt in our bodies.”
What about processed foods?
Ries, who is also a physician and research scientist, said people who live in areas that experience more salt are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes.
Rios said that while we know that sodium can increase blood pressure, it has also been shown to help prevent diabetes.
The USDA report found that Americans eat more processed foods, with an average of 7,700 milligpm per person per day in 2016.
But even if you eat less processed foods than you used to — such as fruits and vegetable smoothies — you still could be consuming more salt.
Dr. Riefel says the problem isn’t just about processed food. “
You’re eating processed food and that increases your sodium intake, and it doesn’t just reduce your sodium.”
Dr. Riefel says the problem isn’t just about processed food.
There’s also a growing trend toward making less salt-rich vegetables and fruits.
Rices, for example, said that he would not be surprised if there is a surge in the popularity of potatoes and carrots in the U., because these foods are considered more salt-sensitive.
In fact, Riel and his team also found that salt consumption among U.P.S.-born adults is increasing, and that people living in areas with more salt were consuming more sodium.
But in the US, Riedels study found that less than one-third of people ate enough sodium per day to meet their potassium needs, compared to more than a third of people in high-salt areas.
“Salt is the single most important nutrient,” Riedes said.
He added that the U,S.
needs to do a better job educating Americans about the health risks associated with too much sodium.
“It’s not just about food, it’s also about education and promoting healthy habits,” Riel said.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing high blood or blood pressure symptoms, talk to your doctor.