Excess sodium is a major cause of high blood pressure, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. This podcast discusses efforts to reduce sodium intake in the U.S. Created: 12/19/2013 by MMWR.
Date Released: 12/19/2013. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Pass on the Salt
Excess Dietary Sodium Intake — United States, 2003-2010
Recorded: December 17, 2013; posted: December 19, 2013
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A pinch of salt can add flavor to a meal. However, excess sodium is a major cause of high blood pressure, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. U.S. sodium intake changed little in the last decade and about eight in 10 preschool children and more than nine in 10 older children and adults consume too much.
To reduce the amount of sodium in your diet, limit high sodium processed foods, eat more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables without sauce, read nutrition facts labels and choose the lowest sodium options, and ask for low sodium menu items when eating out.
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