Fats, Sugar and Salt

February 28, 2013

The massive amount of salts, sugars and fats in our diet has taken over health news this week, and it's about time! Consumption of salty, sugary and fatty foods has skyrocketed in the United States. We now consume more than three times the amount of cheese than in the 1970's -- 33 pounds of cheese per year, along with 70 pounds of sugar and six pounds of salt!

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The Hidden Salt in Our Food

January 31, 2013

The average American's salt intake is about 3,400 milligrams a day, more than twice the American Heart Association's recommended limit of 1,500 milligrams! It's important to note that little of that excess salt actually comes from the salt shaker. More than 75% of people’s salt consumption comes from eating processed or restaurant foods.

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Controlling Your Salt Intake

September 20, 2012

Nearly 90% of adults consume more salt than U.S. dietary guidelines recommend. Recently, a new study the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that children between the ages of 8 and 18 in the United States are eating are eating an average of 3,387 mg per day, way over the 2,300 mg daily limit recommended by the federal dietary guidelines.

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Hazards of Too Much Salt

April 28, 2011

Most of the research on the effects of dietary salt and health has been focused on high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and heart failure. The majority of these studies show that blood pressure rises as the amount of salt intake increases, and that salt reduction lowers cardiovascular disease and death rates over the long term.

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