A diet high in sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. This broadcast discusses how people can improve their health by becoming aware of the salt content in their food.
. Created: 3/27/2008 by MMWR.
Date Released: 4/2/2009. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Living a Less Salty Life
Adults for Whom Lower Sodium Recommendation was Applicable — United States, 1999–2006
April 2, 2009
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Americans eat too much salt. A diet high in sodium, or salt, can raise blood pressure and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. People with high blood pressure, African-Americans, and middle-aged and older adults should eat no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day. The average American consumes more than twice this amount. Most of the sodium in our diet comes from packaged, processed, and restaurant foods. To improve health, adults should be aware of the salt content of their foods, choose foods lower in sodium, and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
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