The Bottom Line on High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension is called the silent killer because it can cause damage to your heart and blood vessels even though you may not have any symptoms.  One out of three adults in the United States has high blood pressure.  Many people think of high blood pressure as an older persons disease, however an alarming increase has been observed among ...more
I found some helpful advice on this website that explains how to measure your own blood pressure ... more

Celebrate More Herbs Less Salt Day With an Herb-centric Recipe

When I was approximately 9 or 10 years old, my father came home with a dread diagnosis: high blood pressure. Suddenly, things changed drastically around our kitchen. Salt disappeared, and Mrs. Dash moved in. Low-sodium cookbooks moved into heavy rotation. And I whined. Oh, did I ever whine. I’ve been a salt lover since I was small, and this family ban on salt seemed draconian to me. “But I don’t have high blood pressure,” I remember howling. “Why can’t I eat the salt?” ...more
 @j3nndotnet That is exactly the message put out from UK health organisations - ... more

Celebrate Leap Day

Today is February 29th - Leap Day! I have never done anything to celebrate this 'holiday' but since I feel the need to romance and date my husband, I decided I would surprise him with a Leap-ful day after he gets home from work. This will be our very first leap year officially together. We actually started dating about a week after the last leap year in 2008!  Image: serenitbee via Flickr ...more

Low Sodium Salt - How About No Salt at all?

I've just been reading this past article about so called designer salt that hopes to reduce the sodium in food by 25% - as a well know commercial says every little helps but can't we do more that this? The article makes reference to Susan Weiner Nutrition Susan Weiner explains that sodium, which can show up in large amounts in processed food, is something to keep an eye on to help control blood pressure and promote health....more

Thanks you for your thoughts Cherre - I do agree with you however surely chefs should take some ... more

Low Sodium Salt - How About No Salt at all?

I've just been reading this past article about so called designer salt that hopes to reduce the sodium in food by 25% - as a well know commercial says every little helps but can't we do more that this? The article makes reference to Susan Weiner Nutrition Susan Weiner explains that sodium, which can show up in large amounts in processed food, is something to keep an eye on to help control blood pressure and promote health....more

Sandi - I understand that these reduced sodium products are astep in the right direction but ... more

Designer Salt's Going on Snacks. OK. What's Designer Salt?

At an investor meeting last week, PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, announced it is developing and testing a designer salt that will cut sodium levels up to 25 percent in some of its most popular snack food products. The Wall Street Journal reported on the salt product, and, according to that newspaper, "Small groups of U.S. and U.K. consumers couldn't tell the difference when comparing the two salts on chips last summer." ...more

It amazes me how such a small reduction in the sodium content (as mentioned in the Wall Street ... more