Most People Don’t Consume Too Much Sodium, Study Suggests

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New research suggests that sodium consumption between 2645 and 4945 mg/d is linked with lower mortality and cardiovascular disease risks than much lower or higher levels. (Image: ©iStock.com/Elena Elisseeva) New research suggests that sodium consumption between 2645 and 4945 mg/d is linked with lower mortality and cardiovascular disease risks than much lower or higher levels. (Image: ©iStock.com/Elena Elisseeva)

Most people may be better off healthwise if they don’t change their current sodium consumption levels, new research suggests.

Sodium intake has become controversial recently, as newer studiesquestioned recommendations limiting daily intake to no more than 2300 mg, which is the equivalent of about 1 teaspoon of salt. So researchers in Denmark and the United States set out to see if they could find a sodium intake range associated with the least risk of having a cardiovascular disease event or dying from any cause.

The investigators analyzed data from 23 prospective cohort studies and 2 randomized controlled trials that included 274 683 study participants. They examined mortality and cardiovascular disease risks according to 4 sodium consumption levels: less than 2645…

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