We've all grown up hearing that eating too much sodium is a bad thing. And study after study has shown that a high daily sodium intake is hard on the heart and raises blood pressure. While we've already established that Americans are confused and misinformed when it comes to salt, now we're about to get even more confused. Hold on to your salt shakers: A new study reports that — in healthy people — a high-salt diet is actually beneficial.
Yep, you read that right. The study measured urinary sodium levels in 3,681 healthy people in their 40s and then followed their health for about eight years. Scientists found that people with the highest sodium levels had a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease than people with the lowest sodium levels did. The recent article, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association is already (not surprisingly) being lauded by the Salt Institute.
The American Heart Association has already responded to the study, saying that the research is flawed and that the science on sodium is clear: low-sodium diets help lower blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks.
While only time and more research will tell, we can recommend this: All good things in moderation — including salt!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.