Sodium and Salt

Updated:Mar 4,2014


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Hearing a lot about sodium these days? Let us break it down for you.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor.i For the estimated one in three Americans  who will develop high blood pressure,iii a high-sodium diet may be to blame. In some people, sodium increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, creating an added burden on the heart. Too much sodium in the diet may also have other harmful health effects, including increased risk for stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease.iv 

The problem is starting early in America: 97 percent of children and adolescents eat too much salt, putting them at greater risk for cardiovascular diseases as they get older.v  

The American Heart Association wants to help all Americans lower the amount of sodium they consume.

Here’s what we’re doing to help: 

  • encouraging manufacturers to reduce the amount of sodium in the food supply;
  • advocating for more healthy foods to be available and accessible (for example, more fruits and vegetables); and
  • providing consumers with education and decision-making tools to make better food choices.

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The Salty Six

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These six popular foods can add high levels of sodium to your diet. See the Salty Six.

The American Heart Association recommends that you aim to eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

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Use this tool to get your personalized daily calorie needs, recommended limits for fats and sodium, and more!

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What's all the hype about Sodium/Salt?

High-sodium diets are linked to an increase in blood pressure and a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. See this list of frequently asked questions for answers about sodium and salt.



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NEWS: The American Heart Association says a new report from the Institute of Medicine is incomplete in its assessment of sodium’s impact on health because it does not focus its examinations on scientific evidence that links excess consumption and high blood pressure.

Sodium Infographics

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What can too much sodium do to you? Check out our sodium infographics to find out!

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