SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — A new controversial study is now saying how much salt we eat may not be all that bad. 22News explains why some researchers argue otherwise.
You’ve probably heard it all drink enough water, eat plenty of vegetables, exercise often.
“We get out and we walk, and we do what we are supposed to do with our bodies , they’re supposed to be used. I think we’ll fare a lot better than trying to diet,” Annie Callands McNeil, from Springfield, said about trying to stay healthy.
Now, the latest research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the average American consumption of about 4 grams of sodium daily is okay for your heart health.
The study is getting a lot of criticism as researchers argue limiting your salt intake is still very important for people with high blood pressure, and that too much sodium still contributes to as many as 1.64 million deaths every year.
The study’s author is arguing that he’s not suggesting that you put heaps of salt on your next meal, but rather that you focus less on what to avoid, and more on what you can actually do to have a healthy lifestyle.
Something Dawn Faniel-Hall, from Springfield, told 22News she tries to do. “Try to listen to what my doctor’s telling me and what I’m feeling and doing what just works for me, which is moderation, doing a little exercise, and taking a vacation when I need to take a vacation.”
That balanced lifestyle includes a diet full of fruits and veggies according to the study which says it found that potassium in those foods may lower blood pressure and offset the effect of sodium on your heart.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 1.5 grams of sodium in your daily diet.