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We’re Salty and We Don’t Know It

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We’re Salty and We Don’t Know It

Americans are unaware of how much sodium they’re eating

Americans are getting too much salt in their diets, but many don’t know how much they’re eating, says new research from the American Heart Association (AHA).

The association surveyed 1,000 people, and 97 percent of them underestimated the amount of sodium they consume on a daily basis. For optimum heart health, the AHA recommends adults eat 1,500 milligrams of salt a day, but most of us have double that.

This information is particularly troubling for black folks because too much salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease, all illnesses we have a much greater risk of developing.

The AHA has launched a new awareness campaign, I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart, to encourage people to reduce their sodium intake.

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