Controversial salt intake study divides experts

Moderate sodium intake can protect against cardiovascular risk and death

Australian researchers say a study finding that a moderate sodium intake of 3-5g a day will not increase cardiovascular risk should be taken with a pinch of salt.


Experts are divided over the controversial Lancet publication, which has found that both very low sodium and very high sodium intake are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events and death.

For each 1g increase in estimated sodium intake over 5g a day, systolic BP increased by 2.86mmHg.

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