Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a leading risk factor of heart attack and kidney failure. High salt intake is one of the most important risk factors for increased blood pressure. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that bread is the principal source of sodium in the American diet. A single slice of bread contains 100 to 200 milligrams of sodium.

Bread is a significant source of calories and sodium because we eat so much of it. Of interest, people living in Mediterranean countries consume more salt than Americans, but they also eat more fruits and vegetables. Improve metabolic health by eating more fruits and vegetables, and less bread. (USA Today, March 4, 2012) AND WE IN SOUTH AFRICA ARE NOT FAR BEHIND