Study: No Need to Dramatically Cut Salt
Consuming ultra-low levels may actually do more harm than good
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2013 6:04 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Go easy on the salt, but not too easy. That's the surprising finding of a new study from the prestigious Institute of Medicine, reports the New York Times. The report concluded that people who follow the advice of groups such as the American Heart Association and limit intake to 1,500 milligrams a day, or about half a teaspoon, may actually be doing more harm than good. Current US dietary guidelines say most people should cut it off at 2,300mg a day, and the IOM researchers found no benefits in going below that threshold.

"We're not saying we shouldn't be lowering excessive salt intake," says the University of Pennsylvania doctor who led the panel. It's just that below the 2,300mg mark, "there is simply a lack of data that shows it is beneficial." Before unholstering the salt shaker, know that the study reaffirmed that most Americans consume an unhealthy amount of sodium—about 3,400mg a day—and it urged them to cut down, reports AP. The heart association, meanwhile, rejects the report's conclusion and is sticking by its recommendation of 1,500mg.

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Libris_Fidelis
May 15, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
They will always come up with crap like this for their marketing, and the news media will fall all over itself trying to spread such propaganda. SALT is two-thirds CHLORINE which is a toxic acid which will KILL ANYTHING!!! It is why people stranded at sea in a life boat should NEVER DRINK SEA WATER!! Salt not only eats up metal and concrete... guess what it does to your TEETH ??? They pulled this crap with coffee too... while coffee contains five toxic drugs including strychnine. They say that fluoride is necessary in drinking water and yet it too is an acid but it mineralizes your teeth -- turns them to stone! They put corn syrup in foods and call it "fructose" but fructose only comes from fruit and corn is a grass... and guess what... feed corn syrup to cattle to fatten them up for six months and they get SICK... feed corn syrup to cattle for nine months AND THEY DIE !!!!
clmsman
May 15, 2013 1:02 PM CDT
Michael Blumberg hates this report!
Bieberforpres2016
May 15, 2013 10:01 AM CDT
Drink mass amounts of water, no soda or juice. The salt flushes right out.