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Too much sodium on restaurant menus

Restaurant fare is notorious for being loaded with sodium. Now a new study finds restaurants are also serving up very sodium-dense foods.

The results, published Thursday in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, showed that regular menu items had an average of 2,196 milligrams of sodium per 1,000 calories […]

Nutrition panel releases dietary guidelines advisory report

The nation’s top nutrition panel released its advisory report Thursday setting target levels for sodium, saturated fats and added sugars – recommendations that eventually could shape public policy, including school lunches, how food manufacturers craft their products and diet advice.

The recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee go next to […]

February 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Healthy school food initiatives will be a Congressional debate again

School lunch politics will play out again on Capitol Hill this year as lawmakers consider a bill to reauthorize the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed by the American Heart Association, which has repeatedly implored Congress to protect the new law from changes that could […]

January 27th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

Electronic monitoring device may help lower salt intake

Using an electronic monitoring device may help heart failure patients and their families stick to a low-salt diet, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The Family Sodium Watcher Program focuses on a partnership between the heart failure patient and a caregiver/member of the family […]

November 16th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

Diets high in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and nuts among factors to lower first-time stroke risk

Eating Mediterranean or DASH-style diets, regularly engaging in physical activity and keeping blood pressure under control can lower the risk of a first-time stroke, according to updated to guidelines published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“We have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors […]

Too much sodium in the diet could make multiple sclerosis worse

Eating too much sodium could make multiple sclerosis symptoms worse and increase the risk of further damage, according to a small study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

“This is an intriguing, preliminary observation that suggests a high sodium diet does more than affect the cardiovascular system,” said […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Building a new life after congestive heart failure

The flu. That’s what Nicole Smith thought was bothering her. She figured she would visit the ER, get a prescription and head back to work.

Doctors found something else: congestive heart failure and an enlarged heart. Her cardiologist also mentioned she may need a heart transplant.

“How long will that take” […]

Attempts to change standards for school foods stalled

Attempts to change standards that make school foods healthier stalled out this summer in both chambers of Congress leaving the current guidelines in place as the school year begins.

While the House Appropriations Committee approved language in their version of the agriculture spending bill that would allow schools to opt […]

Study underscores excessive sodium consumption as global health problem

Excessive sodium consumption is having a dire health impact on people around the world, killing about 1.65 million people globally each year from related cardiovascular diseases and stroke, according to a new study released Thursday.

The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at a range of […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Heartburn? Hardly. Under an hour later, his life-threatening problem was resolved

John Perotti was mowing the lawn outside his Utah home office when he felt what he thought was “heartburn from hell.” He headed indoors for some homemade chicken noodle soup hoping that would soothe him.

“The minute I got the spoon to my lips, I spit it out,” he said. […]