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While sports nutritionists have since come around to recommend that we should indeed replenish salt when we sweat it out in physical activity, the message that we should avoid salt at all other times remains strong. Salt consumption is said to raise blood pressure, cause hypertension and increase the risk of premature death. This is why the Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines still consider salt Public Enemy No. 1, coming before fats, sugars and alcohol. It’s why the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested that reducing salt consumption is as critical to long-term health as quitting cigarettes.
And yet, this eat-less-salt argument has been surprisingly controversial — and difficult to defend. Not because the food industry opposes it, but because the actual evidence to support it has always been so weak.
Americans continue to consume close to 3,300 mg of sodium daily – about 1,000 mg more salt than recommended. Most adults shouldn’t consume more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day. People who are 51 or older, African American or who have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease should limit sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg daily. But that can be easier said than done, when you consider some of the sneaky places excess salt is lurking.
Full story at The Huffington Post
Our children are leading the world’s transition to digital media. This is in part because kids aren’t afraid of technology, and in part because they haven’t spent years getting use to anything else. So if you want to get a sense of where the world’s media habits are headed, it makes sense to watch what kids are doing.
In an effort to support the nutritional standards for school meals and our teachers and students, here is an infographic, “Targeting Children with Treats” with statistics sharing lifestyle, consumption, and media activity relating to children:
About one third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations food agency. That amounts to more than one billion tonnes of waste around the world every year. The study recommends that developing countries should improve production and distribution, so as to stop losing so much food. It also says industrialized countries must stop throwing so much away.
Via BBC News