Using more salt may not be so bad

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – New research suggests you can feel a little less guilty the next time you ask somebody to ‘pass the salt.’ 22News is working for you with new health information.

French fries, popcorn, nuts, and chips pretzels; most people would agree it tastes better with the salt. Now, new research finds that we may be able to safely eat more salt than we thought.

The Center for Disease Control recommends only eating between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams of salt a day, but new research calls that “too low,” and unrealistic.

A University of Copenhagen study says the ideal sodium intake is 2,700 to 5,000 milligrams.

Christina Cavallari of Serio’s Market told 22News, “I just had a customer the other day come in and question which one of the products she was looking at might be the least salty, and when I looked at it, it was a type of rub and the first ingredient was salt.”

The study finds those higher levels may actually be healthier for people without high blood pressure. Experts still agree though, that exceeding the limits is linked to poor health, and more deaths.