No proof that salt is bad for health, say researchers

No proof that salt is bad for health, say researchers

No proof that salt is bad for health, say researchers (Getty Images)

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Group of scientists are challenging the now conventional wisdom that a low-sodium diet is better for your long-term health, asking whether people should take official advice on the matter with a pinch of salt.

In a new review, a team of experts from Columbia University found “two distinct bodies of scholarship” on the matter – those who believe reducing salt intake will improve the overall health of the population, and those who don’t.

Watching your salt intake has become one of the core pieces of dietary advice in the UK, and in the US, New York is requiring by law that restaurants label salt content in food.

So it will be a surprise to many to find that just 54% of the 269 academic reports included in the review found in favour of a salt reduction hypothesis. Of the rest, 33% concluded that reducing salt makes no difference to long term health, while 13% were inconclusive.

Report co-author Ludovic Trinquart said: “We simply found no definitive proof that cutting salt intake reduces the risk for heart attacks or strokes for people with normal blood pressure.”

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