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HHS HealthBeat (January 14, 2014)

Mostly oversalted

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

We are a highly salted people. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at national survey data on sodium – the troublesome part of the salt compound. They found about 8 of 10 children ages 1 to 3, and 9 of 10 people from age 4 up, had so much sodium that they were at potential risk for developing high blood pressure.

Dr. Mary Cogswell says most of our sodium comes in processed foods. She advises careful reading of the Nutrition Facts panel on the product:

“For example, you’ll find some tomato sauces that have more than 500 milligrams per serving and others, which are low sodium, that have less than 140 milligrams.”

An analysis of salt consumption is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: January 14, 2014