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Viewpoint: Without Salt You Will Die
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I’m excited. In the March/April 2017, “Eating Well” magazine there was an article on page 20 about new research verifying something I’ve always believed. Salt, in moderation, is essential for life. Secondly, those of you who eat too little salt harm your body. This is the greatest medical breakthrough since “they” also decided that eggs were good for you.

The story is based on new research drawing data from 130,000 people in 49 countries. In that study, it was discovered that sodium intake below 3000 mg. per day (1 1/3 teaspoons of salt) was associated with increased risk of stroke, heart attack, or cardiovascular disease- regardless of whether a person had high or healthy blood pressure.

The current accepted standard says that Americans should cap salt intake at 2300 mg a day which is about a teaspoon of salt. In many cases people who had high blood pressure, kidney disease, were over the age of 50, had a history of heart attacks, or were certain ethnicities were encouraged to eat less salt than that.

“Your body needs sodium or you’d die,” says Andrew Mente, Ph.D. of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada and lead author of the study.

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