February 2011 Issue

The Lowdown on Sodium in Your Diet

Trimming trans fats and refined carbs is so yesterday; today itís all about skimming salt. Sodium intake is foremost in the minds of U.S. nutrition policy makers. The reason? Despite public health experts nagging us for years, we continue to consume way too much sodium, which is linked to increased blood pressure. "If you lower your blood pressure, you can lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. We are talking about saving tens of thousands of lives by decreasing sodium intake," said Janelle Peralez-Gunn, M.P.H., R.D., public health analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston on November 9, 2010.

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