Salt is one of the basic ingredients that give foods taste. It is also an effective and green home cleaning product. But cleaning aside, do you know that too much intake of salt can have serious negative effects to health?
Well, according to one study, too much daily consumption of sodium indeed is bad for health. An article in New England Journal of Medicine last year even stated that 44 000 Americans could be saved every year if only they decrease their salt consumption by three grams a day.
However, there are also other studies countering that there is no evidence to suggest that salt can really do health any good or harm. Some articles even argue the statement that too much salt is bad. And so the debate goes whether high sodium indeed poses medical threats or not.
According to a recent study in the United States though, there is a link between high sodium and high death rates. So to be safe, it would be best to always watch out how much salt you daily take.
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Just last year, an article in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated (using previous studies’ numbers) that the U.S. could prevent 44,000 deaths annually if Americans reduced their salt intake by 3 grams per day.
Then, early this month, a review of seven real-life interventions to reduce salt consumption found nothing of the sort. The review, from the Cochrane Collaboration, found only ambiguity, with no evidence to suggest that salt reduction did the trial participants any good or any harm.
“It’s Time to End the War on Salt,” a headline in Scientific American proclaimed last week. “For every study that suggests that salt is unhealthy, another does not,” the article said. As if to prove that point, a new paper this week in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine now argues, again, that too much salt is bad.
The latest study used national U.S. survey data linked to mortality files to show that the more salt people ate, the higher their death rates from all causes combined. The study looked further at salt intake in relation to potassium intake, and found that the lower people’s potassium and the higher their sodium, the more likely they were to develop heart disease or die of a heart-related cause.
Read more about Salt and How Bad Is It For Your Health at: Time.com
Health is wealth as it is usually said. And as we are in a very financially challenging time, it’s really important to take care of your health. Even just monitoring and decreasing your salt intake, if necessary, is already a big help to preventing major medical expenses.
Sure, the debate, whether too much salt is good or bad for health is still ongoing. But would you wait and know which side is correct or do something now to prevent health risks?
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