The Checkup: Watch Your Salt Intake Even If You’re Healthy, Says AHA
• The American Heart Association is none to happy with a handful of recent studies which seem to disprove a link between sodium and heart disease. And so, it has released a new advisory, reiterating its 2011 recommendations that 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day is enough—that’s less than a single teaspoon of salt. Scary fact: “About 99% of us consume more than the AHA limit, with the typical American eating on average 3,400 mg. daily.,” reports TIME’s Healthland blog. The problem with sodium studies is that much of the data on salt and heart health are confusing, and often contradictory. Part of the reason, says TIME, is that measuring the impact of sodium on health is a difficult undertaking; it’s hard to isolate that one factor against all the others, and the ways we have for measuring sodium in a person’s body are either expensive or intrusive in a study setting. So, the AHA is taking the “it’s better to be safe than sorry” route. Will you?
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