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Salt and Sodium

It's no secret that fast-food fare like burgers, french fries, and fried chicken tends to be high in sodium. According to a new study, however, American fast-food customers may be getting a larger dose of sodium than their counterparts in other countries -- even if they order the exact same items off the menu.

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Study questions benefits of reducing sodium in dietupdated: Wed Nov 09 2011 11:02:00

Consuming less sodium has been shown to lower blood pressure, but for many people the health benefits this provides may be offset by a slight uptick in their cholesterol levels, a new analysis of previous research suggests.

Salt controversy: New study links high sodium to earlier mortalityupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 06:23:00

People who eat more sodium and less potassium may die sooner of heart or other problems than people who consume the opposite, a large, 15-year-study has found.

Put down the salt shaker, USDA saysupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 06:23:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the USDA's new dietary guidelines, which include limiting sodium intake.

Salt shakers disappear from Buenos Aires tablesupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 11:23:00

Guests at restaurants in Argentina's Buenos Aires province must say good-bye to the salt shaker.

Healthiest restaurant lunchesupdated: Fri May 06 2011 11:33:00

That bling-worthy lunch tote may pull in the compliments, but sometimes it's hard to feel the love about what's inside, particularly if it's last night's leftovers.

Huh? Low-salt diet ups risk of fatal heart attack?updated: Wed May 04 2011 05:53:00

Doctors and public health officials have been telling us for years that eating too much sodium can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke by raising blood pressure to unsafe levels. So how to explain a new study that suggests low salt intake actually increases the risk of dying from those causes?

CNNMoney: Subway lowers salt in its sandwichesupdated: Mon Apr 18 2011 13:47:00

Subway sandwiches just got a little less saltier.

Are nonsodium salts healthier than traditional?updated: Fri Feb 04 2011 08:28:00

My sister and I were talking about salt. She has noticed that sea salt is currently being marketed as a healthy, or trendy, food additive, but can't figure out if there's any real science behind the marketing. Are nonsodium salts, like magnesium chloride and potassium chloride, any healthier than traditional sodium chloride? People with, say, high blood pressure are told to stick to low-sodium diets. But is it the sodium, or is it a different quality that causes the increased risk?

New dietary guidelines outupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 09:17:00

Ninette Sosa reports on updated dietary guidelines that urges limited salt intake for some and trans fat cuts for all.

What are healthy options to frozen entrees?updated: Fri Sep 03 2010 08:58:00

My husband, who is 50, learned he had type 2 diabetes in March 2008. He also has hypertension. Are there any healthy alternatives to the processed frozen entrees we find in the grocery stores? I am trying to make him healthy foods but it is difficult.

Recipe makeover: Cheesy enchiladasupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 09:32:00

Cooking Light offers a low-fat twist on a delicious dinner favorite.

Recipe Makeover: Cheesy chicken enchiladasupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 09:32:00

A cheesy chicken casserole is revamped to meet a Texas reader's health goals.

What's new at the grocery storeupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 12:12:00

Cooking Light's Holly Grainger describes 10 foods at the grocery store that give new life to your meals and snacks.

Shopping smart for groceriesupdated: Mon Jul 26 2010 12:12:00

If you load your shopping cart with the same foods every time you visit the grocery store, it's time to shake things up.

Love salt? You might be a 'supertaster'updated: Wed Jun 16 2010 08:20:00

If you love salty snacks and reach for the saltshaker like clockwork at every meal, you might think you have dull or underpowered taste buds that need a boost to get excited.

Why our salt addiction is hard to kickupdated: Sat May 15 2010 10:19:00

Americans love salt. And we eat too much of it. So much so that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is thinking about limiting the amount of sodium in packaged foods.

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