A controversial new study proved that a low-salt diet could be dangerous for your health. According to the lead researcher Andrew Mente, the risk of heart disease is higher if a dietary salt is below 3,000 milligrams per a day.
Andrew Mente, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada said: “Having neither too high nor too low levels of sodium (salt) is optimal for health.”
Andrew Mente’s study combined four previous studies that had more than 133,000 participants from 49 countries. The study is pretty much controversial since having too much salt on a daily basis can cause high blood pressure. The American Heart Association (AHA) released a statement saying that the study is based on incorrect estimates of sodium intake and that we shouldn’t be taking more salt because of the study’s results. Dr. Elliott Antman from AHA said: “The American Heart Association continues to recommend less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day from all sources.”
Most Americans consume more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, twice more than recommended.
Andrew Mente denied AHA’s allegations and said that only people with a high blood pressure should reduce salt intake.
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija