The National Salt Reduction Initiative Benefits Everyone, Including Those With Kidney Disease!

By Linda Ulerich, RD, Registered Dietitian in Transplant, Indiana University Health, Inc.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI), which works to achieve voluntary reductions in food sodium content, has resulted in 21 food companies successfully lowering the sodium content of their products by at least 10%!

This is a huge success for not only the health of the general public, but also for anyone who needs to limit sodium in their diet due to health concerns.  Controlling salt intake lowers blood pressure, which means lowering the risk of not just heart disease and stroke, but also kidney disease.  Sounds good, right?

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has been one of the partners in this initiative from the very beginning, in 2008.  And as a dietitian who has worked with kidney failure patients for over 30 years, this is a big step in the right direction to help lower the sodium content of many pre-packaged foods in our grocery stores and prepared foods in some of the chain restaurants.  This voluntary reduction in added salt is benefiting kidney patients who must limit their sodium intake due to high blood pressure and/or fluid retention.   It also has the potential to provide more low sodium food options for those following a sodium restricted diet.

For tips on how to enjoy a low salt diet without sacrificing flavor, check out the Kidney Kitchen. You can also learn more about the National Salt Reduction Initiative here.

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One Response to The National Salt Reduction Initiative Benefits Everyone, Including Those With Kidney Disease!

  1. jaws806 says:

    Thanks for the article, I’m guy and I suffer from hypertension and my doctor is always beating me around the head on how dangerous this condition is. (Not literally mind you)

    He always books in to have regular blood pressure checks and blood tests to see if my kidneys are still working properly. I take 10mg of ramipril daily; I exercise and watch what I eat which is at times can be real bland food because of lack of salt.

    Sacrifices have to be made on my part to avoid complications related to high blood pressure or worse I end up six foot under. Thanks again for the article.

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