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Lowering Sodium in the Food Supply

Are you still watching your sodium intake? There is a lot of sodium in our food supply. But you can get started by stopping by on September 29, 2018, from 10:00am to 4:00pm, when the Seasoned Saints Ministries at Jubilare Evangelistic Ministries is hosting their “Let’s Shop” – 2nd Annual Autumn Craft Faire at 1505 Sports Drive, Sacramento, CA.  We will be there – so save the date!

Below is a  bit of information, specifically, how we pack on those unwanted sodium additivies – salt-shaker, packaged goods, restaurants, not label reading, just to name a few.  Visit: https://www.fda.gov/ingredientspackaginglabeling/foodadditives / or visit: www.SodiumFreeSpices.com to read testimonials from others who have tried Ms V’s Spice is Nice Sodium Free One Step Seasoning, to get you started in the right direction to lower the sodium in your family!

The Problem

The majority of sodium consumed comes from processed and prepared foods, not the salt- shaker. This makes it difficult for all of us to control how much sodium we consume.

Some companies have reduced sodium in certain foods, but many foods continue to contribute to high sodium intake, especially processed and prepared foods, including foods eaten away from home.

Public Health Need

Americans consume on average 3,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day—nearly 50 percent more than the 2,300 mg limit recommended by federal guidelines.

Most children and adolescents also eat more than is recommended, ranging from 2,900 mg per day for children 6 to 10 years of age to 3,700 mg per day for teens ages 14 to 18 years.

Too much sodium can raise blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

One in three Americans adults has high blood pressure, and that number increases to almost one in two for African American adults. Additionally, one in 10 children has high blood pressure.

Reducing sodium intake has the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands of premature deaths and illnesses in a decade.

The Science

The totality of scientific evidence, as reviewed by many well-respected scientific organizations, supports lowering sodium consumption from current levels.

High blood pressure, which is been linked to diets high in sodium, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

FDA’s goal is to reduce sodium intake consistent with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report, Healthy People 2020, and the two Institutes of Medicine reports on sodium.

In addition, some but not all studies have found that a higher sodium intake is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and that a lower sodium intake is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease. ,Analyses of intervention trials of sodium reduction aimed at blood pressure have observed fewer events of cardiovascular disease as well.

The science supporting the relationship between sodium reduction and health is clear. When sodium intake increases, blood pressure increases, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke – two leading causes of death in the U.S. (CDC has compiled a number of key studies, which continue to support the benefits of sodium reduction in lowering blood pressure. In some of these studies, researchers have estimated lowering U.S. sodium intake by about 40 percent over the next decade could save 500,000 lives and nearly $100 billion in healthcare costs.)

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