The focus on sodium is the ‘greatest con in preventive nutrition,’ study author argues
9:16 AM – December 16, 2014
Sugar may be a bigger contributor to cardiovascular disease or hypertension than salt, according to a new report in Open Heart.
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of early death in the developed work, and hypertension is its most significant risk factor. The latter was a primary or contributing factor in approximately 348,000 deaths in the United States in 2009, and it costs the U.S. health system more than $50 billion per year. While many public health initiatives focus on reducing sodium intake, the blood pressure benefits of doing so are slim.
Recent data suggests that consuming between three and six grams of sodium per day is linked to lower death risk and…
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