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Why Does Nutrition Matter?

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Why Does Nutrition Matter?

This week, we encourage you to enjoy naturally great-tasting foods again. By one recent estimate, more than half the calories, nearly 90% of added sugars, and 71% of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. So even if you never touch the salt shaker, sugar bowl or butter dish, you could be getting too much. 


That’s why nutrition matters. And, there are so many ways you can consider foods that are full of the good stuff without the excess calories, sugar, sodium, and saturated fat. Learn more about how you can eat more nutrient-dense foods

Need a recap on why nutrition matters? Here’s what we said this month:

  • Know your salty science. Clear science backs our recommendation to eat less sodium. Check out a new article on the Salty Science in our publication Heart Insights to learn even more.
  • Dine out smarter. Many restaurants are already putting calorie information on their menus. This gives you more of the information you need to make healthy decisions at a restaurant! Tell your lawmaker to keep menu labeling on the table by posting a picture of the menu label you see and tagging with #MenuLabeling and #DineOutSmart! 

  • Stand for healthier beverages. Americans appear to love it. It’s in our schools, workplaces, community centers, and kitchen pantries.  We drink about 34 pounds of it every year. What is it? Sugar! You can take action to make a difference in your community when it comes to sugary drinks. Sign our petition to stand up for healthier options.

  • Add Color, not Sugar, Salt, or Saturated Fat. By one recent estimate, more than 50% of calories, nearly 90% of added sugars, and more than 70% of the sodium we eat comes from processed and restaurant foods. Our solution? Add Color! Fill your plate with colorful fruits and veggies.

Let us know why nutrition matters to you in the comments.