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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

HEALTH & SALT: Safe to eat, says University of Exeter study!


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PTI / The Hindu /  LONDON, July 6, 2011.

High levels of salt have long been linked to a greater risk of developing hypertension, heart attacks and strokes. Photo: Vipin Chandran
High levels of salt have long been linked to a greater risk of developing hypertension, heart attacks and strokes. Photo: Vipin Chandran - The Hindu.


For years, doctors have been saying that too much salt is bad for health. Yet, a new study claims that it’s safe to eat - and cutting its daily intake does nothing to lower the risk of developing heart disease.
High levels of salt have long been linked to a greater risk of developing hypertension, heart attacks and strokes.
Now, researchers at the University of Exeter claim to have found evidence that although blood pressure is reduced when salt intake is cut, there’re actually no long-term health benefits, the ‘Daily Express’ reported.
They reviewed seven researches that looked at 6,489 people, which they said was a large enough set of data from which to draw conclusions.
Most researches recommended a reduction of 50 per cent of normal salt intake. A person’s daily salt intake from the research papers reviewed was on average 8-9g a day, so the reduction was to around 4g.
But this had no long-term health benefits that may usually be expected from eating less salt, findings revealed.
“Intensive support and encouragement to reduce salt intake did lead to a reduction in salt eaten and a small reduction in blood pressure after more than six months.

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