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(Atlanta, GA) For years, we’ve been told to reduce the amount of salt in our diets but the benefits may have been exaggerated.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says the the amount of salt taken in is no longer a substantial health hazard.

The study found, “…the committee found no consistent evidence to support an association between sodium intake and either a beneficial or adverse effect on on most health outcomes.”

The report warns that reducing our salt intake below 1 tsp per day could actually be a negative.

In a systematic review published by The Cochrane Library, British scientists found that cutting salt consumption did not translate into lower death or heart disease risk. “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,” said Rod Taylor of Exeter University, who led the review.

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