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Watch Out for Sneaky Salt!

by Garcia 1. on Monday, July 14, 2014

Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended amount of sodium? Chances are, that includes you—even if you rarely pick up the salt shaker. The worst part is, most of us don’t even realize how much salt we’re taking in. But sure enough, Salt is sneaking up on us—mostly when we go out to restaurants or eat packaged foods.

Check out this new 1-minute video to see for yourself:

It’s true; many of us love salt. In fact, sodium is an essential nutrient! But the excess amounts we’re eating put us at risk for elevated blood pressure which means an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. As much as we might have an affinity for salt, it’s just not worth the cost to our hearts. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy tasty food with less salt. Check out our new website to get the 411 on sodium, including our blog, quiz, infographics, links to lower-sodium recipes and more. 

That’s why the American Heart Association is kicking off a new campaign, “I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart.”  Click the image below to pledge to reduce your sodium intake today!

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Comments (15)

  • I have had my family to take the sodium pledge. Thank you AHA/ASA for your support.

    — Nathan T.

  • Hypertensive patient should monitor their sodium intake to prevent other health issue (renal insufficient and etc). Thanks AHA/ASA.

    — Nathan T.

  • I have taken the sodium pledge, thanks AHA/ASA.

    — Nathan T.

  • I agree, I have changed my  behavior to salt, I have hypertension and a family history of hypertension. I want to live a healthier life - thank you AHA/ASA for of your good information to help the general public.

    — Nathan T.

  • I am disgusted and very frustrated that so many foods and products sold in restaurants do not show sodium content.

    — alan k.

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