It's that thrilling time of the year where college basketball rules the TV with March Madness.
You're likely to be throwing a party with family and friends to root on your favorite team. However, did you know a lot of common snack foods are packed with excess sodium?
The average American consumes nearly 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day — more than twice the maximum of 1,500 milligrams per day recommended by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, the organizations said in a news release.
One in three Americans develops high blood pressure, and a high-sodium diet may be the cause, the news release said. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and high blood pressure is a major risk factor.
The two associations want to raise awareness about the “Salty Six” snacks and how to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. The snacks are:
1. Breads and rolls
2. Cold cuts and cured meats
If you are going to have pizza, plan for one with less cheese and meats or try something a little different and add veggies. Buffalo chicken wings are a college game time staple, but try eating skinless poultry that is not enhanced with sodium.
So be mindful this March about what your are eating. For more sodium tips and resources, visit www.heart.org/saltysix.