Reduction in Salt Intake Not Related to Heart Diseases, Researchers Claim

SaltAccording to an examination of long term arguments regarding the effects of excess salt, researchers have discovered no evidence linking the reduction of salt intake to the reduction of the risk of developing heart diseases or premature deaths.

Also, in the systematic review by the Cochrane Library, it was discovered that in the process of reducing salt consumption, there was a slight reduction in the blood pressure that did not result to lower death or heart disease risk.

The researchers said, “With governments setting ever lower targets for salt intake and food manufacturers working to remove it from their products, it's really important that we do some large research trials to get a full understanding of the benefits and risks of reducing salt intake".

Though the previous trials have indicated there is a blood pressure advantage from less salt intake, research is yet to reveal it means a better heart health in the a huge part of the population in general.

However, in Britain, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Guidance has called for the speedy reduction in salt in the general population from a maximum intake of 6 grams a day for adults by 2015 to 3g by 2025.

Moreover, the U. S. guidelines have recommended Americans to consume lower than 2.3g of salt daily, or 1.5g for people that are more at risk for high blood pressure or heart disease.