Counter to decades of conventional wisdom and health-care guidelines, new Canadian-led research says we might be eating too little salt.
Canadians consume about 3.4 g of sodium per day — well above the recommended 1.5 g to 2.4 g, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
But research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine found an elevated risk of heart attack, stroke and other serious cardiovascular problems in those who consume less than 3 g per day.
Last October, Hypertension Canada raised its recommended sodium intake from 1.5 g to 2 g per day.
The team, which included researchers from Ontario, B.C. and Quebec, stressed its work is an epidemiological comparison, not a measure of the clinical outcomes of reducing sodium.
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