In a sweeping proposal years in the making, the FDA called for a sharp reduction in the sodium found in 150 categories of processed and restaurant foods.
Cardiovascular disease claims 610,000 lives in the United States each year. It is the leading cause of mortality nationwide, accounting for one in every four deaths.
Salt can lurk in surprising places. The average American adult, who consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day — more than 1,000 milligrams more than the recommended daily allowance of 2,300 milligrams — may not know that more than 70 percent of the sodium consumed in this country is already in food before it reaches the table.
Action on Salt is successfully working to reach a consensus with the food industry and Government over the harmful effects of a high salt diet, and bring about a reduction in the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and the table.
The first new blood pressure guidelines in 14 years will likely bring a major change in treatment. Eleven medical groups including the American Heart Association are redefining the danger zone: the bar for systolic blood pressure is lowered from 140 points to 130. This means an estimated 31 million more people could be diagnosed with high blood pressure.
Preventing and treating chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke with diet and lifestyle changes is not just safer but may be dramatically more effective.
Lifestyle changes are often more effective in reducing the rates of heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and premature death than almost any other medical intervention.
We found strong evidence that certain high-salt foods are a cause of stomach cancer: foods preserved by salting such as meat and fish, and salt-preserved vegetables. Research showed that the more people eat of these foods the greater their chance of developing stomach cancer.
A new study looked at sea, rock, and lake salt sold around the world. Salt is produced on Madura Island, Indonesia, by evaporating seawater, an ancient technique. A new study found that salt made in this region contains some of the highest microplastics sampled. Here’s what you need to know.
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