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Study fuels polarized debate on salt consumption


A study released this week is fueling the polarized debate on sodium consumption and health outcomes and is already being used as fodder in the New York City court fight over high-sodium menu warning icons.

The research, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology online Wednesday, […]

CDC: Sodium intake remains high among most Americans


Most Americans continue to consume too much sodium despite dietary guidelines or existing health conditions, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About nine in 10 U.S. adults and children eat more than the daily recommended amount of sodium, […]

January 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Sodium|Tags: , |1 Comment

New York City to require sodium warnings on some chain restaurant menus


New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings on Tuesday by requiring many chain restaurants to post a warning label on menu items that have high sodium content.

The rule – believed to be the first of its kind in the country – requires […]

November 30th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Healthy Living, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Prevention, Sodium|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New York City to require sodium warnings on some chain restaurant menus

New York City salt proposal moves forward


The public has had its say, and now New York City health officials have the next month to determine whether Olive Garden, Applebee’s and other chain restaurants in the city must place warning labels on high-sodium menu items.

The proposed rule, introduced by the city’s Board of […]

July 31st, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |Comments Off on New York City salt proposal moves forward

Eating too much salt, even gradually, raises blood pressure


People who gradually increase the amount of salt in their diet, along with people who habitually eat a higher-salt diet, face an increased risk of high blood pressure, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

In a Japanese study of […]

July 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |3 Comments

New York to consider sodium warning labels


New York could become the first city in the nation to put warning labels on high-sodium items on chain restaurant menus.

Under a proposal  presented Wednesday at a New York City Board of Health public meeting, any restaurant chain with 15 or more locations must add […]

June 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Too much sodium on restaurant menus

Restaurant fare is notorious for being loaded with sodium. Now a new study finds restaurants are also serving up very sodium-dense foods.

The results, published Thursday in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, showed that regular menu items had an average of 2,196 milligrams of sodium per 1,000 calories […]

March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Too much sodium on restaurant menus

Nutrition panel releases dietary guidelines advisory report

The nation’s top nutrition panel released its advisory report Thursday setting target levels for sodium, saturated fats and added sugars – recommendations that eventually could shape public policy, including school lunches, how food manufacturers craft their products and diet advice.

The recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee go next to […]

February 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Healthy school food initiatives will be a Congressional debate again

School lunch politics will play out again on Capitol Hill this year as lawmakers consider a bill to reauthorize the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed by the American Heart Association, which has repeatedly implored Congress to protect the new law from changes that could […]

January 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |1 Comment

Electronic monitoring device may help lower salt intake

Using an electronic monitoring device may help heart failure patients and their families stick to a low-salt diet, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The Family Sodium Watcher Program focuses on a partnership between the heart failure patient and a caregiver/member of the family […]

November 16th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |1 Comment