October 24, 2021

Nine in Ten U.S. Adults Consume Too Much Sodium

Almost all adult Americans consume too much sodium, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Ninety percent of the sodium in our diets comes from food, and the sodium we get from foods is concentrated in prepared foods and processed foods; it's not added at the table via the salt shaker. Most of us know that consuming too much sodium can contribute to diseases such as high blood pressure (hypertension). But there are some diseases linked to high sodium intake that may be surprising. Diabetes Gallbladder disease Heart disease Stroke Osteoarthritis Endometrial cancer Breast cancer Colon cancer Kidney disease Obesity Some scientists and doctors think that the ratio of sodium to potassium in your diet may be an even more … [Read more...]

New Research Finds Early Experience Shapes Salt Preference

Most of us know that we consume too much sodium. In fact, Americans consume about 3400 milligrams of sodium every day. The recommended daily limit is about 2300 milligrams. The body's actual requirement for sodium is only 220 milligrams a day. Most of the sodium in our diet comes from processed foods. Because salt is on the "Generally Regarded as Safe" (G.R.A.S.) list, producers can add as much salt as they want to processed foods. … [Read more...]

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