Survey Shows Many People Have Misconceptions About Red Wine, Sea SaltBy Health News Team • Apr 27th, 2011 • Category: Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Heart Health, True Health News
Individuals who are concerned with maintaining good heart health and cholesterol levels may consume too much red wine or sea salt due to misconceptions about the benefits of these products, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The organization conducted a recent survey, which indicated that most respondents incorrectly believe that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to standard table varieties of the ingredient, and many people think that red wine has cardiovascular benefits, yet are unaware of the AHA's guidelines on alcohol consumption.
The researchers said that these common false beliefs may contribute to the prevalence of high blood pressure and heart disease among Americans.
The study's findings showed that 66 percent of respondents agree with the statement that red wine promotes good heart health, but 30 percent indicated that they did not know that AHA recommends that men do not drink more than two four-ounce alcoholic beverages per day or no more than one daily for women.
Likewise, a total of 61 percent of participants answered that they believe sea salt has less sodium than the table variety. However, the AHA explained that both of these products contain 40 percent sodium.