The salt suitors are at it again, with suggestions that MORE salt might actually be better for you.
The former president of the World Heart Federation has recently warned that guidelines on salt intake are too low and may be increasing your risk of a fatal heart attack.
Professor Salim Yusuf, a world leading expert on heart health, recently prompted individuals to overturn their conventional wisdom on what it means to eat too much salt.
Furthermore, he has in fact advocated for the consumption of more salt than the current maximum guidelines recommend.
His comments come in lieu of a new report published in the European Heart Journal by the joint working group of the World Heart Federation, the European Society of Hypertension and the European Public Health Association which also emphasises the potential dangers of lowering intake too much.
“It is futile to target such low intakes and, moreover, it may well be harmful. Studies show below about three grammes of sodium per day there is increased mortality, heart attack and heart failure,” he said.
He warned reducing salt intake to too low a level undermines the body’s natural balance.
So, you might ask, what is the optimal amount of salt for a healthy diet? It would seem the experts themselves are in a state of flux on that matter and we recommend sticking to the old rule of ‘everything in moderation’. But, if you want to read more about the most recent suggestions, click here.