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Different country, different nutritional content?

Did you know your favorite fast-food chicken sandwich in the U.S. may have 20 percent more sodium than the same sandwich sold in the U.K.? And you might be getting almost twice as much sodium in your rice cereal if you get it in the U.S. instead of in Germany or Italy?

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Celebrate World Heart Day by cutting the salt

Did you know that September 29 is this year's World Heart Day? According to the World Heart Federation, the focus of this year’s World Heart Day is creating heart-healthy environments: “By ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they...

A few grains of truth about salt

Most of us are flunking out when it comes to Salt 101. When 1,000 adults were asked what they know about salt and sodium, 97 percent didn’t know or underestimated how much sodium they were getting. The truth is unshakeable:...

Reduce sodium by empowering your taste

Did you know that September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month? To help raise awareness with families across the country, the American Heart Association created the EmpowerMEnt Challenge. Throughout the month of September, families are being empowered to take control...

New report says kids get too much sodium

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that more than 90 percent of kids ages 6-18 eat too much sodium. To be exact, they’re downing an average of 3,300 mg/day – and that’s...

Eat potassium-rich foods to cut stroke risk

Eating enough potassium is important for controlling blood pressure, and now new research shows that potassium-rich foods can cut the risk of stroke and death among older women. A new study in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke found that...

We want to hear your sodium story

 The American Heart Association wants to hear your sodium story! If you’ve joined the growing community that has taken a stand for its heart health by pledging to reduce the sodium you eat, we want to hear more about it. We want to know why you’ve made that choice (because we’re so excited that you did!).

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Truth Vs. Myth: What do people really think about salt?

We all have a relationship with salt, but it’s not all bad news. We need at least a little each day to stay healthy, but most of us get an average of 3,400 mg sodium a day – way more...

Excess sodium has grim impact on global health

If you’ve seen the news today, you’ve probably noticed the coverage of 3 new research studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a top medical journal. Here’s a quick summary: One study estimated that eating more than 2,000...