Pass the salt: Study finds average consumption safe for heart health: Public health strategies should be based on … The traditionally held theory is that higher salt intake and higher salt levels in the body increase blood pressure, which would therefore be expected to increase a person’s risk of developing CVD, or dying from CVD.

For decades, policy makers have tried and failed to get Americans to eat less salt.

Generally, scientists have assumed that a high-salt diet encourages a greater intake of fluids, which increases weight. But no country has ever managed to get population salt or sodium intake that low, the authors of the study published in the Lancet medical journal point out. But our study shows that the effect of reduced salt intake on blood pressure in healthy persons is only 1%," says study researcher Niels A. Graudal, MD, DrMedSci, in an email to WebMD… McMaster University. Confusion over new salt research. The zealous drive by politicians to limit our salt intake has little basis in science. New research adds to the debate about just how much salt is good for the body. According to a study of more than 95,000 people, the vast majority of us aren't being harmed by our level of salt intake, with the tipping point two-and-a-half teaspoons a day. Salt intake in China is confirmed to be among the highest in the world, with adults over the past four decades consistently consuming on average above 10g of … (2018, August 9).