While traditional knowledge says that eating more salt can lead to an increase in blood pressure, a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Leuven in Belgium suggests that increased intake of salt does not lead to high blood pressure or increase the risk of death due to heart disease.
A number of studies have linked high salt intake with a rise in blood pressure. Health guidelines released by the United States government recommend a maximum intake of 2,300 milligrams of salt per day.
However the recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that there is no evidence linking salt with high blood pressure and instead said that low salt intake could increase the risk of fatal heart attacks.
After a period of eight years, the researchers found that while the risk of heart disease was same across the three groups, the number of deaths due to heart disease was the highest among those who consumed the least amount of salt while those who ate highest amount of salt had the lowest rate of death.
"It's clear that one should be very careful in advocating generalized reduction in sodium intake in the population at large. There might be some benefits, but there might also be some adverse effects", lead researcher Dr Jan Staessen said.