Could too little sodium increase the risk of CV events and death?

COULD a diet too low in sodium actually increase the risk of cardiovascular events and death?

That's the conclusion of a controversial Lancet study that is shaking up a long-standing medical orthodoxy.

Canadian researchers suggest the cardiovascular benefits of cutting dietary salt have only been demonstrated in people with hypertension (>140/90mmHg) who have a sodium intake of more than 6g a day.

Their conclusion - that population-wide entreaties to reduce dietary salt are largely unwarranted - has riled public health