If You Have High Blood Pressure, Salt Still Matters

For decades, you’ve heard the advice: Cut down on salt because it’s bad for your heart — not to mention your kidneys and other organs. But if you follow health news, you know recent research has questioned this conventional wisdom. Several studies show evidence that if you are otherwise healthy, taking drastic measures to reduce … Read More

Your Diet and Heart Disease: Rethinking Butter, Beef and Bacon

Is it okay to eat butter now? “It’s not a sin,” says Steven Nissen, MD, chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Nissen and other top cardiologists want you to know that things are changing in our view of diet and heart disease. Indeed, the new federal government-commissioned Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary … Read More

Celery May Help Bring Your High Blood Pressure Down

At almost every turn, science and medicine reveal a new “superfood” that will dramatically improve our health. Chia seeds can reduce your cholesterol. Green leafy vegetables burn belly fat. Blueberries boost your antioxidants. Now, the latest in wonder snacking – celery seeds to lower your high blood pressure (HBP). But does it really work? “It’s … Read More

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5 Smart Changes for Nutrition Labels (Infographic)

If you scan the Nutrition Facts labels of food at the grocery store before buying, you’re a smart shopper. Knowing the value of your food helps you make good decisions about what you put on your plate — and in your body. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed changes to make the … Read More

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Salt — Slash or Dash?

Cutting back on salt is one of the ways you can reduce your risk of obesity-related illnesses: diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Know how much your body can handle. Most of us can consume 2,300 mg of sodium a day, but some of us have to limit further, to 1,500 mg of sodium a day. Read … Read More

7 Ways to Shop and Cook Low-Sodium

“Cut the salt.” If you’ve heard these words from your doctor, you may be wondering where to start. After all, salt is an ever-present part of the modern diet, especially in pre-packaged food. Never fear. A few simple tips and tricks can help you reduce your sodium intake. Start with the following advice from Julia … Read More