Bread and cereal add the most salt to kids’ diets

Every day, children in London eat an unhealthy amount of salt – with 36 percent of it coming from bread and cereal , according to a study published Monday.

Excessive salt consumption is one of the major factors contributing to high blood pressure which can lead to heart disease and stroke. […]

Heart-Check mark foods must meet new nutrition requirements

This week was the deadline for food companies to meet more stringent criteria limiting added sugar, sodium, total calories and raising minimum dietary fiber requirements for foods bearing the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark. AHA formulates and periodically revises its own Heart-Check criteria for different food categories based on sound […]

Overall heart-healthy diet is more important than occasional indulgences

The fourth in a five-part series of articles that explain the new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines.

Don’t sweat satisfying a sweet tooth every now and then.

New cardiovascular prevention guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology reveal that sticking to an overall heart-healthy diet is […]

An improved diet can also improve heart function, research shows

A specialized low-sodium diet can lower hypertension and improve heart function in patients with a common type of heart failure, according to research presented at the Heart Failure Society of America meeting in Florida.

The study showed that participants who followed the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension eating plan for […]

Experts continue to debate sodium in series of commentaries

Although most experts agree that Americans consume too much sodium and that lowering sodium is good for your heart, the debate over the specifics continue in a series of expert commentaries and an editorial published in the American Journal of Hypertension.

The commentaries were based on a May 2013 report […]

Sodium in a child’s urine may indicate high blood pressure later, study says

Measuring sodium in a child’s urine may help doctors identify those at risk for having high blood pressure later in life, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research Scientific Sessions 2013.

In a small study, researchers used a new protocol to quickly screen […]

Sodium reduction recommended, despite new study conclusions

People should continue to lower their sodium intake to improve their health despite new research questioning the effectiveness of large-scale sodium-reduction efforts, said Elliott Antman, M.D., the president-elect of the American Heart Association.

Significant research shows too much sodium can increase blood pressure and risks for heart disease, stroke and […]

SimpleScience@Heart Almost everyone in the world eats too much salt

No matter where you live, you’re probably eating way more salt than you should.

Seventy-five percent of the world’s population eats nearly twice the recommended amount of salt per day, according to the first study to analyze salt intake across the globe.

The table-top salt shaker, salt and soy sauce added […]

Look out for hidden sodium in processed foods

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that all Americans consume no more than 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day, more than twice our average intake of 3,400 mg of sodium.  But, what does 1,500 mg of sodium really mean?  Chemically sodium is the positive ion in sodium chloride […]

Exploring the Unfamiliar

The next time you tell someone that you’re on a low-sodium diet and they respond with something like, “that must be so flavorless,” I want you to ask the following questions in return: When’s the last time you made creamy dal? Or eaten matzoh brie? Or slow roasted pepper […]