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Top 6 sodium reduction victories and top 10 sodium blog posts of 2015

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best of 2015What an amazing year 2015 has been for sodium breakup! We now have over 98,000 people who support the sodium breakup campaign. It is inspiring to know how many of you are committed to eating healthier. This week we reflect on the ten most popular posts of 2015, along with our top 5 victories. The success of the campaign could not have happened without your support—thank you for pledging to eat healthier and support more moderate levels of sodium in the food we eat.

Top Six Sodium Breakup Victories of 2015:

  1. 36,000 of you signed a petition to lower the high salt levels in school meals.
  2. You generated over 1,000 thank you notes to Nestlé for reducing the sodium in some of their foods, without affecting the taste!
  3. You celebrated with us as Aramark and AHA announced they are working together on menu commitments to reduce calories, saturated fat and sodium levels by 20%, and increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains by 20%.
  4. You reached over 400,000 people on social media when you sent the love to NYC as the Board of Health voted unanimously in support of the proposal to place a warning icon on restaurant menu items exceeding 2,300 mg of sodium.
  5. You supported sodium improvements in school meals made by Dominos, Schwann’s, and Revolution Foods.
  6. You gave kudos to General Mills when they achieved their 20% sodium reduction goals in 7 of 10 food categories

Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015:

  1. 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 to get fewer headaches, which could help you cut down on how often you end up rustling around in your medicine cabinet for a painkiller.
  2. Build a better sandwich by making lower sodium choices
    Recent research indicates that almost half of all American adults eat at least one sandwich on any given day. But did you know that sandwiches make up about 20 percent of our daily sodium intake?
  3. Boost the flavor and lower the salt in homemade soup
    Who doesn’t like a steamy bowl of soup on a cold or rainy day, or a chilled soup when it’s warm outside? Soups come in all varieties. They also vary in how much sodium or salt they contain.
  4. 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!
  5. Salty snack alternatives: 9 tips for a healthy snack time
    It’s a couple hours after lunch. You (and your kids) feel tired, peckish, and ready to nibble. In an effort to snap out of it, many of us turn to something salty.
  6. 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 use new research techniques, we get an increasingly clearer picture of what a healthy diet should look like.
  7. Reduce sodium, reduce health care costs
    You know that reducing sodium is good for America’s health, but it is also expected to be good for its pocketbook too. That’s because excess sodium boosts blood pressure, and high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease.
  8. Top 10 tips for tasty, healthy Thanksgiving meals
    Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season with meals that fill us with memories and warmth. Unfortunately, sometimes an uninvited guest arrives during our holiday celebrations: sneaky salt.
  9. World Salt Awareness Week is here!
    Did you know that today marks the start of the annual World Salt Awareness Week? It’s at least the 8th year in a row that the week has been coordinated by the UK-based organization World Action on Salt and Health.
  10. 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?

Which post was your favorite this year? Let us know in the comments!