How much salt can help you cure cancer cells? Or rather prevent the spread of cancer? Salt is used as a preservative and also, in enhancing the taste and flavor of foods. Too much salt can lead to an increase of your high blood pressure levels as well as increased your risk of stomach cancer. Most of the time you eat take away foods and processed foods that have too much salt in them. The body does not need sodium to work. You get all your sodium requirements naturally from foods, which means, you do not need to add salt to your diet. It is best to switch to a low salt diet and try flavoring foods with herbs and spices instead of salt.
Cancer linked to salt usage
The Cancer Research Center of Hawaii in joint effort with the University of Southern California found out that there is a link between getting cancer and eating processed meats. It is evident that processed meats are manufactured by putting sodium nitrite during the process of cooking the meat.
Don’t you know that sodium nitrite + present amines = carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds? The study suggests these compounds are associated with cancer when ingested. The study followed about 190,000 individuals for 7 years and discovered that those who have most processed meat in their diets are 67% at risk of pancreatic cancer.
Another study conducted by the University of Hawaii following about 200,000 individuals reported the same findings.
Salt is useless
Although salt gives our food a good taste, it has been proven to be a dangerous, cancer causing ingredient. The only safe solution is to avoid sodium nitrite completely.
Eating even just 12 grams of salt a day doubles your risk of the likelihood of stomach cancer, where everyday items such as the bacon, bread, ready meals, processed foods, and baked beans were already discovered as a contributor and culprit. The findings were revealed by the Cancer Research UK.
Recommended dosage of salt
The recommended allowance is only 6 grams for an adult. Eat no more than 6 grams of salt, which is about 2300 mg of sodium or about ½ teaspoon of salt in a day.
You are more likely to consume salt when you eat ready meals and junk foods. Reduce the salt you use gradually and try to add flavor to your cooking using garlic, onion, chilli, lemon juice, vinegar, pepper, herbs, curry paste, and spices.
The Gerson therapy recommends total avoidance of salt. Besides cancer, a high salt diet is known to trigger stroke and increase your risk of a heart disease.
In Japan, a study followed about 40,000 people and found that consuming 12 to 15 grams of salt a day gives you twice the risk of stomach cancer. The study was published in the British Journal of Cancer.
The World Cancer Research Fund suggests that one in seven cases of stomach cancer in the UK could be prevented if the salt intake is reduced to the recommended daily maximum of 6 grams. The 6 grams is equivalent to 1 teaspoon.
Headlines can be deceiving – when it comes to cancer, the hot dog may be the better choice! HCA levels were tested with a variety of ready to eat meat products. It was found that higher consumption of these processed meats increases your risk of colon cancer.
Hot dogs and pepperoni relatively show lower risk than the bacon and the rotisserie chicken, which are relatively full of those compounds. The study was published in the Meat Science scholarly journal of the American Meat Association.
Pepperoni showed the lowest HCA content: 0.05 ng/g. The second lowest were hot dogs and deli meat, tied at 0.5 ng/g.
Daily consumption of processed foods, ready to eat meals, junk foods, and fast foods can boost the daily consumption of salt to the body. You may not know this but for children aged one to six, the target salt intake is only 2 grams a day. Children aged 7 to 14 is only 5 grams a day. Each pinch added at the table is about 0.25 grams while a teaspoon is about 5 grams.
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