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Black Salt: Should the government single out African-Americans for low-sodium diets?

Obasogie, Osagie K. (2011) Black Salt: Should the government single out African-Americans for low-sodium diets? Slate.com.

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Abstract

The salt debate is certainly heated. But the government doesn't hedge any bets in making a "key recommendation" that Americans reduce their daily intake of sodium to 2,300 milligrams—about a teaspoon, or roughly the amount in 10 dill pickles. This alone poses a remarkable challenge; less than 15 percent of the population currently meets this target. But the Dietary Guidelines don't stop there. They also recommend reducing salt intake to 1,500 mg for people who are 51 and older or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease. And they set the same, more stringent goal for anyone—anyone at all—who happens to be African-American.


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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, sodium, hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, African-American, racial disparities in health, salt sensitivity
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Diabetes
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Hypertension
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Obesity
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
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    Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2011 21:32
    Last Modified: 18 Apr 2011 21:32
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2404

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