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Sun, March 1, 2015
Breaking Up is Hard To Do
Remember that boyfriend or girlfriend that made your mother cringe? The one that just wasn’t good for you. Yet, you just couldn’t help yourself. You just had to be with him/her. It was exciting. You knew it wasn’t a good relationship, but you just couldn’t break yourself from him. Well, I’m here to tell you, you have another one to dump. This one, just like the last one, is definitely unhealthy for you and most importantly he’s not good for your heart. His name? Sneaky Salt. 
 
That’s right, readers, Sneaky Salt. Salt is everywhere – not just on our sidewalks right now. He’s in your pizza you’re serving your family tonight. He’s in your processed meats you’re going to eat for lunch tomorrow. He’s in your soup, your frozen foods, and processed foods. He’s in that drive-thru meal. He’s everywhere!
 
But to no avail, the American Heart Association is here to help. In fact, the association has launched “I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart.”  Because most Americans underestimate how much sodium they eat every day. In fact, most Americans consume more than twice the amount of sodium we should on a daily basis - the American Heart Association recommends 1,500 milligrams a day for ideal heart health.
 
Too much sodium in the diet can increase risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and other major health problems. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor. One-third of American adults have high blood pressure, and about 90 percent of American adults are expected to develop high blood pressure over their lifetimes. Children, too, are at risk of developing heart disease and elevated blood pressure at an earlier age. Nearly 80 percent of 1- to 3-year-olds and more than 90 percent of 4- to 18-year-olds eat too much sodium.

Sneaky Salt, brought to you by the American Heart Association


Your health could take a turn for the better if you focused on your sodium intake and break up with that Sneaky Salt – and your mother would be proud. You can reduce your sodium intake by comparing product labels and selecting the option with less sodium, limiting the consumption of processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods, and by substituting salt with herbs, spices, citrus juice, or vinegars to season food.
 
To begin ending your love affair with sodium, start by reducing your intake by 1,200 milligrams a day. This could mean cutting out a little more than ½ tsp of salt. That’s all it takes! So go wild and cut out an entire teaspoon. This alone has been estimated to prevent between 44,000 and 92,000 deaths per year and save between $10 billion and $24 billion annually in healthcare costs. 
 
If you’re ready to break up, visit our new website, heart.org/sodium, to take an online pledge and commit to reduce how much sodium you eat. The site also features a blog, sodium quiz and infographics, links to recipes, and educational articles. Don’t let that Sneaky Salt break your heart anymore!



Click here for a recipe with less sodium and start using less salt today!

References

Link to the Pledge: http://bit.ly/1zrYF6R

Link to the Infographic: http://bit.ly/TVzybC

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