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How Much Salt is Too Much?

You are probably eating more than you realize.

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The extensive archives of Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee, a popular weekly Internet-based electronic media program that explores complex issues of health care policy and public health, have been made available to Access Excellence. The topics and materials selected by AE's editors address National Science Education Standards and/or National Health Education Standards, are included in middle and high school science and health curricula, and are of particular relevance to middle and high school teachers and learners.

How Much Salt is Too Much? (12/13/2006)

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Presentation video

Questions answered by this presentation:

  1. Where does most of the salt in our food come from?
  2. Why is there so much salt in prepared and packaged foods?
  3. What is the relationship between sodium, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease?
  4. What is considered high blood pressure and what percentage of the U.S. population has high blood pressure?
  5. How can an individual take control of his or her salt intake?

Related Links

Sodium: Are you getting too much? (Mayo Clinic)
Find out how much sodium you really need, what high-sodium foods to avoid, and ways to prepare and serve foods without added salt or sodium.

Salt and Fat: The Good, the Bad,and the Ugly (Oprah.com)
Unless you are ultra label-conscious, you're probably not getting the right amounts of salt or fat in your diet. Dr. Andrea Pennington discusses what is not so good and what is surprising about two of everyone's favorites–salt and fat!

Salt Substitute Significantly Reduces Hypertension Amongst Rural Chinese (Medical News Today)
A salt substitute specially designed to be flavorful and effective has reduced blood pressure among residents of northern, rural China, where hypertension is rampant.

Salt: Friend or Foe (BBC)
Salt is one of Britain's favorite seasonings, but is there a nasty side to what's lurking in the salt shaker? The Government wants us all to cut down on salt intake, but why? And how?

Links updated: 15 January 2009
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