CDC says Americans still consume too much, but studies show no benefit in reducing salt

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ATLANTA, GA — A recent report from the CDC reviewed the health benefits of reducing salt and say that, even though Americans consume too much salt, major reductions is no longer considered a substantial health hazard. The CDC even reported that reducing salt intake to below 1 tsp per day may be dangerous to your health.

Absent from the CDC study was the difference between healthy mineral salts and iodized table salt. Most of the studies, including one from the National Academies Institute of Medicine (IOM) showed no relationship between salt and a person’s health.

One study from 2011, followed 28,800 subjects with high blood pressure ages 55 and older. The study followed them for 4.7 years and measured their salt intake through urinalysis. The report stated the risks of heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure and death from heart disease increased significantly for those consuming more than 7,000 milligrams of sodium a day and for those consuming fewer than 3,000 milligrams of sodium a day.

Basically, the report says that consuming anything between 1-1/2 and 3 tsp of salt per day is just fine, and there were adverse effects from eating more than that or less than that.

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The study “Sodium Intake of Populations: Assessment of Evidence” can be seen here:

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