Low Sodium Diet – is it actually healthy?

Posted on Friday, March 2, 2012
This article was posted in Health Talk

low sodiumMaintaining a Low Sodium Diet and you thought this was heatlhy; it’s time to recheck.

Studies done till now claim that high intake of salt is harmful for health. But too little sodium is almost as bad as too much of it. A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical suggests that too ittle sodium can adversely influence your cardiovascular wellness.

For the study researchers  followed 28,880 men and women who were over the age 55 and found that similar to high sodium diet, low sodium diet is certainly not good for health.

The study revealed that people who had 4 to 6 grams of sodium on daily basis were at 19 percent greater risk of cardiovascular even and death in comparison to people who had 2 to 3 grams of sodium. In addition, the participants of the study who were on low sodium diet had increased hospitalization and higher risk of death due to heart failure, says researcher of the study. In simple words the less salt they consumed the greater was their health risk.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has pushed down the daily recommended dose of salt. Present USDA guidelines suggest that:

  • People who are older than 51 and others who are suffering from hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease must reduce their daily sodium intake to less than half a teaspoon.
  • The rest of the population at 1 teaspoon .i.e. about 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. But the findings of this study may call for some serious reconsideration. Till USDA come with new recommendation you must be moderate with your sodium intake and stay away from high sodium content of the processed food. Remember it is the pre-packed food that causes the main trouble.

So the next time you decide to start a Low Sodium Diet, check if it is necessary for you.