New study says cutting too much salt from diet can be dangerous

HAMILTON, Ontario (WIVB) — Completely cutting salt out of your diet may be just as dangerous as eating too much of it.

A new study says eating less than 3,000 milligrams of salt a day increases the risk for heart disease.

The effects seem to parallel what happens to high blood pressure patients who eat high-salt diets.

Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario say too much or too little salt knocks the body out of balance.

Their study only encourages people with high blood pressure to worry about their salt.

The researchers say a low-salt diet can activate the body’s renin-angiotensin system. This is a hormone process that regulates blood pressure and fluid balance.

Already, we’re hearing from the American Heart Association. They say this study is full of flaws.

The AHA says do not change your diet based on this, as they believe the study relies on incorrect estimates of sodium intake. They recommend less than 1,500 milligrams a day.

The Heart Association says the average American eats twice that amount. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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