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Nutrition News: Dietary Decline

Charlyn Fargo on

Q: Can potassium help my heart?

A: Reducing sodium intake and increasing potassium intake may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, like heart attack or stroke, according to new research. In a meta-analysis of six studies that included more than 10,000 healthy individuals, those with the highest sodium intake had a 60% higher risk of a cardiovascular event than those with the lowest sodium intake. Those with the highest potassium intake had a 31% lower risk than those with the lowest potassium intake. The study was published in the November 2021 New England Journal of Medicine.


Registered Dietitian Ellie Krieger, host of Food Network's "Healthy Appetite," has a wonderful cookbook, "So Easy," that makes healthy food doable. This recipe for Garlic Basil Shrimp is from that cookbook.


2 tablespoons olive oil


1 1/4 pounds large shrimp (20 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste

3/4 cup dry white wine


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