Lifesaving Heat Wave Safety Tips
A man holds sea salt harvested from a salt field in Sandspit. REUTERS

Salt consumption may put you at high risk for early death, according to a recent study.

A recently published a study of more than 12,000 Americans by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spanned a total of 15 years. According to the study, men consume an average 4,300 milligrams of sodium a day and women consume 2,900. The American Heart Association recommends nearly half the latter amount, saying Americans should only be consuming 1,500 per day, maximum.

People consuming high levels of sodium are 50 percent more likely to die early, the study found. Consuming a higher ratio of potassium to salt may save your life. Bananas are a potassium-rich food.

The following is a list from of foods to avoid if you're looking to stave off early death:

1. Table salt, baking soda

38,000 mg every 1/3 a cup

2. Bouillon cubes

1200mg per 5 gtam cube

3. Soy sauce

335mg per teaspoon

4. Marmite

216mg per teaspoon

5. Salami and other cured meets

226mg per slice

6. Sun-dried tomatoes

2095mg every two cups

7. Cheese

1809mg per 100g of Roquefort

8. Snack foods

1715mg for 15 medium twist pretzles

9. Pickled foods

1556mg per 100g of olives

10. Saltwater crab

1072mg per 100grams