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Pass the salt: Study debunks current sodium recommendations

SaltSEATTLE — A new federal study has revealed some surprising insight on the age-old belief that more salt is bad for your health.

According to a group commissioned by the CDC, there’s no reason why people can’t be consuming more than the recommended 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day, essentially half a teaspoon.

The figure has served as the long-term benchmark for salt intake when it comes to nutritional values.

A report done by a committee within the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies concludes that there is no solid evidence as to why Americans can’t consume up to 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

Data shows the average person consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day.

The new findings are a surprise to agencies like the American Heart Association, which still believe that we should limit our sodium intake to prevent heart disease and stroke.

According to the New York Times, the committee did not recommend a target level for salt consumption, only that the previous research on sodium levels were too inconsistent.

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3 Comments to “Pass the salt: Study debunks current sodium recommendations”

    John Fuller said:
    July 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    This is utterly ridiculous! First they say that Omega 3 is good for you and now they are saying that it is linked to prostate cancer for men. Regardless to what they are saying about sodium, I know for a fact that sodium is bad for your health! We don't have to add salt to our food since what we buy at grocery stores already has too much sodium before you take it home.

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