In this week’s nutrition news: Trendy dark-colored foods are taking over menus, added fiber in General Mills products and don’t be afraid to eat that juicy steak or burger.
In this week’s nutrition news: Study compares mercury levels in supermarket and restaurant sushi, NYC mayor Bloomberg encourages companies to slash salt and soda (diet and regular) linked to early death.
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In this week’s nutrition news: Home cooking makes a comeback, General Mills pledges to reduce salt levels in its products and a potato chip stand-in takes snackers by storm.
In this week’s nutrition news: Revamping school lunches menus, examining health claims of alcohol and Cocoa Puffs won’t have that “Smart Choice” label for long.
The average person should only eat 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day – that’s about one teaspoon max. Instead, most folks are overdoing it – no thanks to packaged foods that include loads of sodium for enhancing flavor and preserving.
But salt doesn’t need to be an enemy. When you cook at home, a dash from your own shaker can really boost a dish, and if you’re mindful, you don’t have to go entirely without. That plain table salt isn’t your only option either – all the varieties come with different flavors, textures and unique nutritional values.
From this week’s headlines: Denny’s gets sued for its high-sodium foods, a proposed tax on fattier foods and did you realize that additional toppings may not be factored into those posted nutrition numbers at restaurants?
We’re always combing through news stories and the latest studies to stay current. The info doesn’t always make it here (you might find links on our Twitter or Facebook pages), but we wanted to start sharing some highlights. Check back every Friday to see our “reading list.”
In this week’s round up: deadly Hydroxycut, the restaurant menu-labeling debate, Cheerios’ cholesterol claims and getting paid for staying healthy.
Did you know that about 10-15% of the population is salt sensitive? That means when those folks eat too much salt, their blood pressure rises. Excessive salt intake is also a contributing factor to heart disease. Because we can’t usually pinpoint who exactly has a salt sensitivity, you may not even know you’re at risk for high blood pressure. To play it safe, pay close attention to where sodium lurks in your diet.