24 Nov '11, 5am

Cutting back on salt? Don't go overboard. New study finds too little salt can be unhealthy too

TORONTO - Just as too much salt is bad for you, not eating enough may increase the risk of heart-related deaths, says a new study. The findings by researchers at McMaster University in Canada, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, emphasise "the urgent need" to determine a safe range for salt consumption. The study found people with heart disease whose salt intake matches the low levels recommended in health guidelines - less than 3 grams of sodium a day - appear to be at higher risk of death from heart disease than people who consume a moderate amount of salt. The study also found a link between high salt intake - 7 to 8g of sodium a day - and a higher risk of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular events. The lowest risk was found with moderate salt intake of between 4 and 6g a day. A teaspoon of salt holds around 2.3g of sodium. For the st...

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