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Restaurant foods pack a heavy sodium punch

Restaurant foods are notorious for being high in sodium. Almost 25 percent of the sodium in Americans’ diets comes from restaurant foods. And it’s outside of your control, because it’s already added to your food by the restaurant before it...

Has your doctor told you to eat less salt lately?

Here’s the good news: more than half of U.S. adults (53 percent) say that they are watching or reducing the sodium they eat. And they’re especially likely to be doing so if a doctor or another health care professional advised...

Study of salt and wound healing stops short of advice to eat more

Have you read the headlines today about a “weird” benefit of eating salty food? That was the headline in Time magazine’s coverage of a new study from the science journal Cell Metabolism. Does the new study mean we can scrap the decades...

Nutrition experts issue latest diet advice

In the American Heart Association’s quest to help Americans build healthier lives, promoting healthy eating habits is a key strategy. Because nutrition recommendations are based on the best evidence available, they shift over time. As we gather more evidence and...

Vote for Sneaky Salt, now through March 3!

You know Sneaky Salt, right? He’s the funny guy created by the American Heart Association to call out the excess salt hiding in a lot of our packaged and restaurant foods. He’s settled into a lot of our food before...

Many toddler foods are high in sodium

It’s safe to say that at one time, all of us had a toddler in our households or were a toddler ourselves. Many of you reading the Salty Scoop are probably caring for a toddler right now. And I’m sure that you are working hard to help your little one thrive. After all, many healthy habits can be formed in childhood – you have the power to set your child on a healthy path for life!

Taco Bell quietly reduces sodium

Taco Bell made media headlines this week with an announcement about its efforts to cut sodium in its burritos, tacos, and other fare. The restaurant chain, which is part of Yum! Brands (along with Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut),...

New study on salt and older adults shouldn't change sodium recommendations

Does your age make any difference as to whether you should cut back on sodium? A study published yesterday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine looked at the effects of three different sodium levels among more than 2,600 people ages 71-80....

Eat less sodium, get fewer headaches

If you’ve seen the AHA’s infographic about how excess salt affects your health and appearance, you may have noticed that headaches are among the health effects. A new study adds more evidence to back up the case for eating less salt...