Is salt good or bad for you? This is a hotly debated topic. For most people moderation may be the best answer.
A brand new study shakes the old advice that people with heart failure should avoid salt – something most heart failure patients get the advice to do, based on very little evidence.
A new study tracked 900 patients with heart failure for three years. It found that people who restricted their salt intake surprisingly did MUCH worse, having an 85% higher chance of early death or hospitalization:
- JACC: Impact of Dietary Sodium Restriction on Heart Failure Outcomes CME
- WebMD: Reducing Salt Might Harm Heart Failure Patients
It may be that the current low-salt advice to heart failure patients – that most people get – is bad. They may need salt. Future randomized studies are required to know for sure.