Study Questions How Sharply US Should Cut the Salt

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The high consumption of sodium could be affecting many Americans.  Simply cutting back on salt is not going to take care of the problem.  The extra amounts of salt are coming from  processed foods and restaurant meals.

A report done on Tuesday indicates the nation needs to ease back on the sodium for better heart health.  Eating the lowest levels of salt might actually harm certain people — those who are being aggressively treated for serious heart failure, the report added.

The prestigious group, which advises the government about health, urged more and better research to settle the best target range.

“We’re not saying we shouldn’t be lowering excessive salt intake,” said Dr. Brian Strom of the University of Pennsylvania, who led the IOM committee. But below 2,300 mg a day, “there is simply a lack of data that shows it is beneficial.”

Statistics indicate that the average American consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium a day, equivalent to 1 ½ teaspoons. Current U.S. dietary guidelines say most people should limit that to 2,300 mg a day, while certain people — those older than 50, African-Americans, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease — should aim for just 1,500 mg.

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