The Institute of Medicine recently released a consensus report titled: “Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence.” Evidence has shown that reducing sodium intake reduces blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Some recent research, however, suggests that sodium intakes that are low may also increase health risks – particularly in certain groups. The IOM concluded that there’s no good evidence that eating very low levels, below the 2,300 milligrams a day that the government recommends for the general population, has benefit even though national guidelines urge that certain high-risk patients do just that. Some advocacy groups like the American Heart Association and Center for Science in the Public interest are still in favor of lowering the recommendation.
Click here to download the IOM report. Click here to read a Washington Post article on the topic.
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