Reducing salt intake might not cut heart risk

July 6, 2011 1:53:36 PM PDT
A new analysis is setting off a big debate over the benefits of cutting back on salt.

It has found no evidence that small cuts to salt intake reduce the risk of developing heart disease or dying prematurely.

A systematic review published in the Cochrane Library finds that while cutting salt consumption did appear to lead to slight reductions in blood pressure it did not translate into lower death or heart disease risk.

This review has drawn sharp criticism from nutrition experts and the World Health Organization's Center for Nutrition. It says this study does not change the priorities set for a population reduction in salt intake to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

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