salt shakerThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked the  food industry to voluntary reduce sodium . Average sodium intake in the United States is approximately 3,400 mg/day which is 50% more than nutrition experts recommend.

High intake of salt is related to high  blood pressure, One in three  in the U.S. has high blood pressure related to high salt diets. High blood pressure put you at risk for heart disease and stroke.

African American have even a hight rate, one in two of high blood pressure and even includes one in 10 children aged 8-17.

The new FDA guidelines are phased in over tens years.   Researchers believe lowering U.S. sodium intake by about 40 percent over the next 10 ears could save 500,000 lives and  almost $100 billion in healthcare costs. You can take action now to protect your family and to teach them healthy eating habits.

Things you can do to reduce your family’s salt intake:

  • Limit or avoid processed foods.
  • Limit or avoid foods high in slat content such as pizza, sandwiches, deli meats, pasta dishes, snacks, and some breads and rolls
  • Read the nutrition labels when you buy food try to buy food items with 700 mg or less so when eaten in combination with other food you stay below 2,300 mg a day.
  • Use spices rather than salt to season food you cook

 

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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