Individuals and Families

Hold the Salt – Adults and Kids Consuming Unhealthy Amounts

Sodium (salt) is a seasoning that can boost the flavor of foods, but new research indicates that adults and children worldwide are consuming an unhealthy amount of this flavor enhancement.

New research conducted by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health indicates that 75 percent of the world’s population consumes nearly twice the daily recommended amount of sodium. And research coordinated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discovered that 75 percent of commercial prepackaged meals and snacks for toddlers are high in sodium.

Studies by medical professionals also have determined that too much sodium in the diets of adults and children can increase blood pressure and raise the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Learn more about the unhealthy consumption of sodium in an article featured in the Denver Post, “Salt Intake Linked to Heart Disease-Related Deaths Worldwide”: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22847311/salt-intake-linked-heart-disease-related-deaths-worldwide.

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