Salt: We Can’t Decide If It’s Bad For Us

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Many scientific and medical studies have researched and observed the effect salt has on the human body. However, the jury is still out on this one when it comes to public opinion on the matter.

While the majority of medical officials will advise against too much salt intake, the analysis of scientific data and comments reveal the debate is polarizing.

Opinions vary, but the majority either falls under the belief that salt should be dramatically decreased or that salt isn’t all that bad for you!

Overall, in analysing a number of studies and data on the subject and public opinion, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health reports that about 54% are in support of the ideas that overall reduction of salt intake reduces health risks. Conversely, about 33% are not in support of this hypothesis, and about 13% are neutral on the subject.

The researchers of the study at Columbia Medical methodically reviewed over 269 academic reports that were published between 1979 and 2014. These reports varied and included primary studies, meta-analysis, clinical guidelines, consensus statements, comments, letters, and narrative reviews.

Each instance of collected data was organized and separated by varied opinion on whether or not salt intake is related to reduced heart disease, stroke, and death. Over half of these reports investigated were gathered after 2011, suggesting increased interest in the subject in later years.

So, what conclusions can we draw from this information? Overall, it is clear that reduced salt intake does result in healthier living. However, for some, salt is not a worrying factor in their diet, and can live completely healthy lives without reducing salt consumption.

If you have a history of heart disease and stroke in your family, a diet of reduced salt might be a smart preventative decision. If not and you do not believe your salt consumption is of concern, you may have little to be concerned abo