New studies research effects of dietary salt

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Federal guidelines suggest most people consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt each day, while The American Heart Association says people should aim for a much lower intake of 1,500 milligrams a day.

One study suggests excessive amounts of salt are linked to higher blood pressure and perhaps early death from cardiovascular disease.

(NBC) - Several new studies attempt to address the potential effects of too much dietary salt.

Federal guidelines suggest most people consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt each day.

The American Heart Association says people should aim for a much lower intake of 1,500 milligrams a day.

But most people eat much more than that - and findings from several new studies are conflicted on how much is too much.

One study suggests excessive amounts of salt are linked to higher blood pressure and perhaps early death from cardiovascular disease.

Another study found that while there is a link between salt and hypertension, it's not going to impact a person's health if they're young and otherwise healthy.


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