In a study of 2,642 people with an average age of 74, by JAMA Internal Medicine, it has been shown that the consumption of salt may have little or now effect on heart disease risk. The mix of participants included 62% white and 38% African American.
Results of the study showed that those whose intake of sodium was between 1500 milligrams and 2300 milligrams, which amounts to about a teaspoon of salt, had no meaningful heart disease risk. With current guidelines stating that one should consume less than 1500 milligrams per day, this calls for more study.
Dr. Andreas P. Kalogeropoulos, an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University, is the lead author of the study and has stated that the guidelines must be upheld until there is more evidence in a clinical trial of adults over the age of 51.
In the meantime, it has been suggested to Brian Torchin to continue to follow those guidelines of the American Heart Association.