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Study Probes Whether Salt Is Beneficial

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 5/16/2013  For years, experts have said Americans should cut their salt intake.    Now, a report is challenging that view.   The Institute of Medicine released a study that finds reducing salt intake below the recommended amount of 2,300 mlligrams per day may be unnecessary.   The I-O-M reviewed recent studies through 2012 on the connection between salt intake and health problems.   Higher salt consumption has been linked to hypertension and cardiovascular disease.    But I-O-M researchers say there's not enough evidence to support lowering salt intake to 1,500 milligrams a day as recommended by the American Heart Association.   They say lowering salt intake by too much actually poses a health risk.   The American Heart Association disagrees with key conclusions of the new I-O-M study.
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