Controversy! What is the suggested amount of sodium we should consume per day?

On Aug 13, 2014 Ron Winslow from The Wall street Journal, published a very polemical article that challenges the assumption that reducing our sodium intake was the right think to decrease heart issues…

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For many decades we have been told by U.S. government agencies to consume less than 2,300 mg per day and, according to the FDA, even active people who lose lots of sodium through sweating require no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

This recommendation was based on research that have shown that high sodium intake is associated with high blood pressure which can cause heart failures. Today, this statement has been questioned by overwhelming evidence that assures otherwise.

Apparently most of the recommendations of the sodium consumption were based on blood pressure only not in health issues, since the former is a lot more complex and expensive to test.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has reported findings that suggest there is no benefit to reducing intake to the very low levels currently recommended in national dietary guidelines.

Final thoughts:

Contrary to older evidence, if you have normal blood pressure or average sodium intake, lowering your salt intake is not beneficial. In fact, it could have negative effects on your health.

The University of Alabama Dr. Suzanne Oparil declares:”in the absence of such a trial, the results argue against reduction of dietary sodium as an isolated public health recommendation.”

Bottom line, it seems that considering sodium consumption as the only variable to determine high or low blood pressure and heart problems might not be completely accurate.

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