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Lots of salt sneaks into restaurant foods, but these tips can help

It’s no surprise that a lot of restaurant meals are high in sodium.

In fact, almost 25 percent of the sodium in Americans’ diets comes from restaurant foods. This means it’s mostly outside of your control, because it’s already added to your food by the restaurant. Even foods that don’t taste salty can be swimming in sodium.

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Break up with excess sodium – take the pledge today!

The American Heart Association debuted this new sodium website in summer 2014, when I introduced you to our new “I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart” campaign and the pledge to end your love affair with salt. Since then, thousands of people have taken the pledge to break up with excess salt. And we’re still looking for more!

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Don’t be a turkey – avoid the salt bloat this Thanksgiving!

With just a week before Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday foods are on the brain – Grandma’s homemade stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and roasted sweet potatoes, to name a few. I'm also looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with family and friends, and if you're like me, you'd prefer not to spend it feeling bloated from eating too much salt. And no one wants to be bloated while shopping for new clothes on Black Friday!

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What does sodium have to do with stroke?

Today, October 29, is World Stroke Day. Most people know that too much sodium can increase your risk of high blood pressure, but did you know that it can increase your risk for stroke too? World Stroke Day is a...

Slash salt but not flavor with this recipe

 

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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...