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New Studies Suggest Extremely Low Sodium Diets Could Be Dangerous

While it is generally accepted that high sodium intake comes with many cardiovascular risks, two new studies suggest that extremely low-sodium diets come with their own dangers, according to an article published by Reuters. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the first study focused on death and heart disease, concluding that consuming less than 3 grams of sodium per day increased risk of death and major cardiovascular events by 27 percent. The second study found little benefit from reducing moderate salt intake to extremely low. However, many experts are skeptical of these studies, as they derived their results from a project that only measured sodium levels once, in the morning.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the first study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Read the second study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.