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Harmful health effects of excessive sodium unchanged by other nutrients, study finds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eating nutrients like proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and amino acids has no apparent effect on excessive sodium’s negative impact on heart health and blood flow, new research shows.

The results affirm that lowering sodium intake can reduce high blood pressure, one of the major risk factors […]

March 5th, 2018|Categories: Nutrition, Research, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Harmful health effects of excessive sodium unchanged by other nutrients, study finds

Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Adding some spice to food may make you more aware of the taste of salt, a new study suggests.

The findings, published Tuesday in the journal Hypertension, indicates that eating spicy foods may help us consume less salt — and, ultimately, lower blood pressure.

According to the […]

October 31st, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, High Blood Pressure, Research, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Spicy foods may heighten our perception of salt

‘MilliGrammys’ recognize the saltiest restaurant meals in America

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sandwiched between last month’s Emmys and the approaching Grammys ceremony in January comes a cheeky new entry in the award show category: The MilliGrammys.

In a series of video spoofs released Wednesday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the mock awards “recognize foods […]

October 11th, 2017|Categories: Health, Healthy Living, Nutrition, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘MilliGrammys’ recognize the saltiest restaurant meals in America

Study: 70 percent of sodium intake comes from restaurant, processed foods

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Restaurant foods and processed foods sold in stores accounted for about 70 percent of dietary sodium intake in three U.S. regions, a new study shows.

The average level of dietary sodium consumed per day in each region was 3,501 milligrams — over 50 percent more than the maximum […]

Unhealthy diets linked to more than 400,000 cardiovascular deaths

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

PORTLAND, Oregon — Diets filled with too much salt and not enough vegetables, fruits and whole grains contributed to 400,000 deaths in 2015 from heart and blood vessel diseases, according to an analysis presented Thursday.

Researchers investigating how diet impacts cardiovascular disease found that unhealthy choices […]

Court rules sodium warnings can stay on the menu in New York City

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A state appeals court has upheld a rule requiring all New York City chain restaurants to post warning signs on their saltiest menu items.

Restaurants with at least 15 locations nationwide have been required for the past year to flag high-sodium items with a salt shaker […]

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 […]