Multiple peer-reviewed studies published to date demonstrate that when sodium intakes fall below 3,400 mg/day (the amount the average American consumes) a rapid rise in plasma renin and aldosterone occurs and may result in insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, increased mortality from congestive heart failure and types 1 and 2 diabetes, more frequent cardiovascular events, cognition loss, stress, dehydration and overall increased morbidity and mortality.

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3,400: Multiple peer-reviewed studies published to date demonstrate that when sodium intakes fall below 3,400 mg/day (the amount the average American consumes) a rapid rise in plasma renin and aldosterone occurs and may result in insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, increased mortality from congestive heart failure and types 1 and 2 diabetes, more frequent cardiovascular events, cognition loss, stress, dehydration and overall increased morbidity and mortality.

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Food Quiz

Hawaiian pineapple plantations produce about how much of the world’s crop?

A. 25 percent

B. About one-third

C. 50 percent

D. About two-thirds

Answer at bottom of rail.

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Food Quiz answer

- B. (Hawaii pineapple plantations produce almost a third of the world’s crop and supply about 60 percent of canned pineapple products.)