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Reducing sodium in U.S. may save hundreds of thousands of lives over 10 years!

by Melissa B. on Thursday, March 21, 2013

As Americans, we know, we all consume too much sodium. Did you know that less sodium in the U.S. diet could save 280,000 to 500,000 lives over 10 years?  New research,  published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, determined the number of lives that could be saved with small reductions in sodium consumption – as little as 5 percent of a teaspoon of salt per person per day.

Unfortunately, the U.S. food supply makes it difficult for Americans to choose lower sodium foods and achieve recommended daily levels. Americans consume an average 3,600 mg of sodium a day, with about 80 percent coming from commercially prepared and processed foods, according to the researchers. What can you do?

The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 1,500 mg of sodium daily, and has called on the Food and Drug Administration to lower the daily value for sodium and set limits on the amount of sodium foods can contain. The association also favors robust sodium standards for foods served in schools and purchased by governments and encourages the food industry to make meaningful efforts at reducing sodium which would provide consumers with greater choice in foods and a healthier overall food environment. There are a number of healthy recipes and tips for helping you reduce salt in your diet.

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