Does A Low-Salt Diet Really Feed A Healthy Heart?

SaltmillHas your doctor always told you that a low sodium diet will help keep your heart healthy? You may have to take that advice with a grain of salt. Gina Kolata at The New York Times reports:

A new study found that low-salt diets increase the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes and do not prevent high blood pressure, but the research’s limitations mean the debate over the effects of salt in the diet is far from over.

In fact, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention felt so strongly that the study was flawed that they criticized it in an interview, something they normally do not do.

Dr. Peter Briss, a medical director at the centers, said that the study was small; that its subjects were relatively young, with an average age of 40 at the start; and that with few cardiovascular events, it was hard to draw conclusions. And the study, Dr. Briss and others say, flies in the face of a body of evidence indicating that higher sodium consumption can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

[Continues at The New York Times]

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  • Malk

    table salt is crap for your body.
    pink salt from the Himalayas is great at lowering blood pressure and 50 other things….

  • Malk

    table salt is crap for your body.
    pink salt from the Himalayas is great at lowering blood pressure and 50 other things….

  • Anonymous

    Like everything else, it’s all about balance. You actually need salt. It’s not a matter of not eating salt or even of just eating less. It’s about making sure it’s balanced properly against the amount of potassium and water you take in. For some people, that means “eat less” but for some people it might actually mean “eat more” or “eat the same amount but make sure you eat more bananas”. Our bodies are a matter of equilibrium and everyone’s body chemistry is a little different.

  • quartz99

    Like everything else, it’s all about balance. You actually need salt. It’s not a matter of not eating salt or even of just eating less. It’s about making sure it’s balanced properly against the amount of potassium and water you take in. For some people, that means “eat less” but for some people it might actually mean “eat more” or “eat the same amount but make sure you eat more bananas”. Our bodies are a matter of equilibrium and everyone’s body chemistry is a little different.

  • http://twitter.com/sabrebIade Sabre

    Didn’t Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj say pretty much the same thing years ago?

  • http://twitter.com/sabrebIade Sabre

    Didn’t Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj say pretty much the same thing years ago?

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