Salt isn't too bad after all

Salt isn't too bad after all

POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 5:02pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 5:04pm

We've heard for years that too much salt is bad for you. Now the Centers for Disease Control and prevention reports that salt isn't that bad for you after all.

A nutritionist we spoke to says, when you add salt just don't over do it.  They say a lot of salt is already in your diet.

In the study from 2011, they took 28,800 people with high blood pressure and had their salt intake measured over 4.7 years.

They found people who were using more than 7,000 milligrams and fewer than 3,000 milligrams of sodium per day still had an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure and death from heart disease.

KETK discussed this study with a Clinical Nutrition Manager, Danielle Townsend at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital.

Townsend recommends about 3,000 milligrams a day because foods already has enough sodium in them.

"They are showing there's not a difference but I'm not convinced."

The CDC reports, using too little salt can be bad for you. They say reducing salt intake to below 1 Teaspoon per day may be dangerous.

Townsend says, too much salt is not good for high blood pressure of diabetes.

"If you're consuming a lot of sodium your body is holding on to more fluid, your kidneys and your heart are having to work harder."

Townsend adds, your body needs salt and of course consume salt in moderation.

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