Processed foods high in calories, sugar, sodium and saturated fat are often blamed for why Americans are overweight and at greater risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. The Center for Disease Control recently published a review of the top selling processed foods between 2009 and 2015. What they found is encouraging. They … Read More

Free-from should mean that a food contains no amount of, or only trivial or inconsequential amounts of an ingredient. Calorie free means fewer than 5 calories per serving. Sugar free, fat free and trans fat free means less than 0.5 grams per serving. Cholesterol free means less than 2 milligrams per serving. Sodium free means … Read More

Close to 90% of all kids 6 and older eat too much sodium each day and 1 in 9 children between the ages of 8 and 17 have blood pressures above the normal range for their age, sex and height. This increases their risk for high blood pressure as adults. The Institute of Medicine recommends … Read More

You may be one of the lucky ones. Your blood pressure is normal and eating salty foods has little effect on your numbers. A current research review paper may make you rethink your luck. It showed even for people with normal blood pressure, excess sodium can take its toll on other organs. A high sodium intake … Read More

More than 90% of US adults eat too much salt and very little of it comes from the salt shaker. Over 75% of the salt eaten every day comes from ready-to-eat foods – take-out dinners, restaurant meals, pizza, soup, snacks, candy, cakes and soda. Fewer than half the foods we toss into our grocery cart meet … Read More

When told to eat less salt, most people instinctively empty the salt shaker and feel good about this positive move toward eating less salt. Wrong! Let’s take a look at where salt is lurking in the foods you eat. 77% is found in restaurant foods and processed foods we eat at home, like frozen meals … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.  Many people are trying to reduce their sugar and salt intake. Pyure Organic Stevia and LoSalt might be options to try.  Pyure Organic Stevia is a calorie free sugar substitute made from stevia … Read More

Over the past few years money has been tight and people are looking to not only save money when they grocery shop but they want their dollars to count with healthy food purchases. 32% of shoppers are making food decisions based on the nutrition value of foods 55% of shoppers have switched to whole grain … Read More

A large review study in the American Journal of Hypertension concluded that a universal recommendation to lower sodium intakes may not be the best public health approach. The review article provided evidence that sodium intakes below 2,500 milligrams and above 6,000 milligrams both increased the risk for heart disease. Sodium intakes within this range did not … Read More

Salt and calcium don’t mix. Eating too much salt makes your body lose calcium. Americans average 1 and 3 teaspoons of salt daily – go easy. … Read More