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\"Hold the salt, please\"

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We read in Matthew 5:13, "You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot."

Well, according to a new study, we are a salty people indeed.

"Ninety percent of Americans are eating more salt than they should, a new government report reveals.

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In fact, salt is so pervasive in the food supply it's difficult for most people to consume less. Too much salt can increase your blood pressure, which is major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

"Nine in 10 American adults consume more salt than is recommended," said report co-author Dr. Elena V. Kuklina, an epidemiologist in the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention."

The moral of the story is that we should become a humble "people of God" and not literally salt of the earth. Enough of the salt already.

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