Mayor Bloomberg is at it again: His latest initiative aims to reduce the salt in American's diets by pressuring food manufacturers and restaurants to voluntarily reduce the amount of salt in their products by 25 percent over the next five years. Considering that up to 80 percent of the salt we take in comes from packaged foods and restaurant meals, this could seriously impact the amount of salt we eat. However, whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen.
It's a well-known fact that Americans eat more than the 1,500 to 2,300 mg of sodium recommended each day. And many health experts believe that cutting back on salt will reduce the incidence of high blood pressure, which should help save lives by lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Still, other researchers say the salt-heart attack-stroke connection has not been well established.
One thing is for sure: Cutting back on packaged foods and restaurant meals is the best way to limit your salt intake. Easing up on the salt shaker is another smart step. Another sure way to lower your salt intake, and your risk of high blood pressure and other diseases: Eat plenty of produce, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains. This type of diet will ensure you get all of the nutrients you need to keep your blood pressure in check and your body healthy.
That said, at Good Housekeeping, we know that saving time and hassle are important elements to running a busy household. That's why we evaluated more than 1,000 convenience foods to come up with the 100 best items. As packaged foods go, these have controlled amounts of salt, not to mention artery clogging saturated fat. You can find the complete list of foods here.
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