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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, […]

New research raises concerns about high sodium levels in drinking water in Southeast Asia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

High sodium intake from foods is linked to high blood pressure, but the health effects of sodium in drinking water has been less clear.

Now, a new study has found that healthy pregnant women in southwest coastal Bangladesh had their blood pressure rise if they drank […]

FDA proposes voluntary targets for food producers to lower sodium

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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 […]

Experts criticize new study about salt consumption

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new study suggests reducing excessive salt benefits some people with high blood pressure, but low-sodium diets don’t help people with lower risks for heart disease, stroke or death – findings that were quickly criticized by medical experts as unreliable due to faulty scientific methods.

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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 […]

New York menu sodium warnings temporarily halted by judge

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A New York appellate judge has temporarily stopped New York City from enforcing a new rule requiring chain restaurants from posting warnings about menu items high in sodium.

Judge David Freedman’s injunction was an eleventh-hour victory for the National Restaurant Association, a trade group that sued […]

Sodium ruling continues to allow New York City to require warning labels on menu items

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A New York Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday allows New York City to continue to require certain chain restaurants to place high-sodium warning labels on select menu items, according to the city’s health department.

The city’s rule, which went into effect Dec. 1, requires restaurants with more […]