Doctors warn against hidden dangers of low salt diets

Doctors have found surprising results after running significant testing on the effects of a low salt diet and urging people

Doctors have found surprising results after running significant testing on the effects of a low salt diet and urging people to change the way they think about the seasoning.

While it has long been assumed that a low-salt diet is good for everyone, researches have found that it is actually just as harmful has a high-salt diet.

The doctors working on the study say that a low-salt diet can lead to a range of dangerous health issues, including heart attack, stroke, and death, compared with an average salt intake.

The recommended daily amount of salt is 1.15–2.3 grams for an adult.

However, most Australians consume about 10 grams per day – a lot more than the recommended amount.

While doctors say it is important for people who suffer from high blood pressure to reduce their salt intake, they say people with normal blood pressure should stick to the recommended daily amount and no less.

This creates a kind of Goldilocks situation where people really need to eat just the right amount of salt if they want to avoid dangerous heart and health conditions.

A low salt intake is considered to be less than 1 teaspoon per day – an amount which can do you more harm than good, according to the researches.

The study’s lead author Andrew Mente says the team’s findings are “extremely important” for people’s health.

“While our data highlights the importance of reducing high salt intake in people with hypertension, it does not support reducing salt intake to low levels,” he says.

“Our findings are important because they show that lowering sodium is best targeted at those with hypertension who also consume high sodium diets.”

Based on their results, Dr Mente suggests that strategies to reduce salt consumption should be targeted at those with high blood pressure who have a high salt intake.

Furthermore, the research team says the results indicate the current daily recommendation for salt intake may be set too low.

“This study adds to our understanding of the relationship between salt intake and health, and questions the appropriateness of current guidelines that recommend low sodium intake in the entire population,” says study co-author Martin O’Donnell.

“An approach that recommends salt in moderation, particularly focused on those with hypertension, appears more in-line with current evidence.”

Do you monitor how much salt you eat? Do you struggle with high blood pressure?

  1. Claire Hancock  

    I think it’s important to highlight that most processed foods contain quite a bit of “hidden salt”. Even though the food may not taste salty, there is still quite a bit of salt added. So even if you don’t add salt via the salt shaker, you still get a lot of salt from everyday processed foods such as cheese, ham, sausages, gravy mix, soy sauce, tomato sauce, canned baked beans, canned soups, biscuits, etc. So if you regularly eat processed foods, you may well be getting more than the recommended amount of salt via those foods.

  2. Nina  

    Yet another examp,e, health wise of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’!

    As with ALL things, moderation is the key!

  3. Given that what is acceptable one decade and dangerous the next and vice versa, I just eat what I like, but in moderation. HBP is controllable more readily than LBP.

  4. Truth 13  

    The biggest danger to low salt diet is the “acute shortage syndrome of sick people” or ASSSP. Doctors will loose their very profitable business, but will reduce the number of millions of high blood pressure patients. What a pitty.

  5. Low salt = disaster. There is something called the water cure in my area and has become extremely popular. The protocol generally calls for a pinch of unprocessed celtic sea salt and chase with a glass of non city water. (bottled or well water) Supposedly people need 1 – 3 tsp a day of unprocessed salt. Not morten salt. If you drink close to 1/2 of your weight in ounces with this amount of salt daily, there are reports of lowered blood pressure, arthritis which improves greatly, depression lifting, clearer thinking and a 100 more “cures”. We are not sick, we are dehydrated! Give it a try!

    Here’s a great weight loss program I used to lose weight and permanently keep it off:

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