Q NOW I HEAR SALT ISN’T BAD FOR MY HEART. CAN I GO CRAZY WITH THE MALDON?

Men's Health (UK) - - Ask MH -

ADAM, COWES

Al­low us to throw a ques­tion back at you: do you know your blood pres­sure? Ac­cord­ing to ma­jor new re­search from Bos­ton Univer­sity, as­sump­tions about salt’s harm­ful ef­fects were based on stud­ies of those who al­ready have high BP, where they still hold true. But for the heart-healthy pop­u­la­tion? No cor­re­la­tion has been es­tab­lished. It’s a tan­ta­lis­ing thought, but that’s not to say those with a safe read­ing of 120/80 get an all-you-can-eat pass at the deli. The re­search sim­ply proves how lit­tle we know about the in­ter­play be­tween our di­ets and our bod­ies. For ex­am­ple, the study sug­gests up­ping potas­sium could have a big­ger im­pact than lim­it­ing sodium. In short, if you’re liv­ing off mi­crowave mini piz­zas, an el­e­vated salt in­take is likely the least of your wor­ries. But adding a sea salt rub to your fish fil­let? It’s open sea­son.

SHOULD YOU TAKE RE­CENT NEWS WITH A PINCH OF SODIUM?

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