For decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies have advised us to consume less sodium. Too much salt in our bodies causes high blood pressure and puts us at risk for heart disease, kidney disease, and other conditions. On average, Americans eat 3,400 mg of salt each day. The CDC wants us to be at less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day.
We have been told for two decades that eating like Italians, Spaniards, and Greeks is good for us, because epidemiological studies have shown that people from those Mediterranean countries have lower rates of heart disease. It was not possible, however, to tie those findings directly to their diets—until now.
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Whether you choose fresh fruit as a healthy snack from a natural impulse, or are making a conscious health decision, perhaps the craving for some crunchy or gooshy junk food is still there. Even a FruitGuy knows it’s hard to resist the temptation of junk food. It’s full of yummy fat and starch and sugar, what’s not to like? Plenty. Here are a few reminders why making a healthier food choice really is better for you. Junk food is understood to be food that tastes good but is “high in calories and low in nutritional value.”