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Pass the Salt Shaker!

Pass the Salt Shaker!

First we here lots of salt or sodium in your diet is bad for your heart. Now research shows that people who eat the least amount of salt are more likely to die from heart disease than those who consumed too much salt. In fact, 25% of the study participants who ate the least salt were 80% more likely to die of cardiac disease than the 25% who ate the most salt.

Don’t go bingeing on fries and cured meat just yet—researchers still believe that a high-salt diet is not healthy. However, they do acknowledge that it might not be necessary to tell generally healthy patients to cut down on their salt intake. Researchers are open to the possibility that maybe when previous studies reflected a link between a health diagnosis of heart disease and high-salt diets, other factors were at play, such as existing diseases. The key to eating for heart health is enjoying a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.

Has the new study inspired you to embrace your inner salt fiend? [HealthDay]

Posted: 6/5/08