American Heart Association

New York campaign highlights menu sodium warnings, while court weighs legality

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

By now, they are a common sight on chain restaurant menus found throughout New York City.

The little salt shaker inside the black triangle serves as a warning to consumers about how much sodium the entrée contains.

The city’s health department says the warnings are doing restaurant […]

Americans need to up potassium, cut sodium in their diet

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — Most Americans consume double the recommended amount of sodium but only half of recommended potassium.

In a study presented at American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions, researchers studied 827 U.S. adults ages 20 to 69, analyzing 24-hour urine samples taken as part of the 2014 […]

Bitter taste in your mouth? Could mean more salt.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

NEW ORLEANS — People who taste bitterness in food strongly are nearly twice as likely to eat more than the minimum recommended daily limit of sodium, according to preliminary research presented Sunday.

The study analyzed data of 407 people in rural Kentucky who have two or […]

AHA supportive of sodium targets

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Heart Association has told the Food and Drug Administration that it is supportive of voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry, while recommending modifications that would help more people reduce their sodium intake.

The letter sent Monday applauded the FDA’s efforts to lower […]

Awareness resulting in reduced sodium in pre-packaged staples

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As awareness of health issues caused by excess sodium grows, so does the number of food giants that have stepped up efforts to lower the sodium content in their food, including many of the nation’s favorite pre-packaged staples.

Instant noodles, frozen pizza, canned vegetables, and boxed […]

Sensitivity to salt emerging as cardiovascular risk factor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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An exaggerated response to too much sodium in the diet may be as dangerous as high blood pressure when it comes to cardiovascular diseases. But researchers are still years away from being able to detect and treat so-called salt sensitivity in everyday practice, […]

FDA proposes voluntary targets for food producers to lower sodium

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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The federal government has proposed voluntary new targets for restaurants and food manufacturers to gradually lower the amount of salt in their products, the latest in a series of significant moves aiming to reduce sodium in the U.S. food supply.

High sodium intake has […]

New York City can now enforce sodium warnings on menus

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

New York City health officials can begin enforcing a rule that requires chain restaurants throughout the city to post warnings on all menu items high in sodium, according to a state appellate ruling issued Thursday.

The decision by the state’s Appellate Division, First Department, upholds a […]

Nestlé promises to lower sodium in products

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The world’s largest food and beverage company is speeding up its efforts to reduce the amount of sodium in its products, which include popular brands such as Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine and Gerber.

Currently, less than half of Nestlé’s foods fit into a dietary pattern of […]

Food giant Mars to lower sodium, urges FDA to issue guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Uncle Ben is trying to look out for your health.

Last week, Mars Food, which makes the popular brand of Uncle Ben’s rice products, pledged to lower the sodium content in its processed foods by an average of 20 percent by 2021. It also called on […]

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