A new salt study seems to show that there are no health benefits for a low sodium diet. In fact, such may have a negative impact on a person′s health. Two studies were published in the JAMA Internal Medicine online magazine this week concerning salt intake. One from the Institute of Medicine, commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that that there is no real reason to reduce salt intake below 2,300 milligrams per day. Although Dr. Brian Strom of the University of Pennsylvania is not opposed to a low-sodium diet, he does say, ″…there is simply a lack of data that shows it is beneficial.″ Meanwhile, second report which also appeared in this week′s Journal of the American Medical Association warns that there is still too much salt in restaurant food. Dr. Stephen Havas of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine led a study by the Center for Science in Public Interest that looked at processed and fast foods from 2005 through 2011. Sodium levels only dropped 3.5% in processed foods and only 2.6% by fast food vendors.

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Naturally, the CSPI study suggests that voluntary reductions of salt by private enterprise is inadequate. That more government regulation and intervention are needed. Another study done by the University of Toronto examined restaurant food and also found that most meals contained high levels of salt, as well as high levels of fat and were generally high in the calorie department. A single meal, even a basic breakfast, has more than half of the calories, salt and fat recommended for a single day. Yet another study by the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University paints an even grimmer picture, that restaurant food has more salts, fats and calories than needed for a single day.

While the recommended daily intake of 2,300 mg of salt for most people, the average adult American consumes about 3,400 mg. Doctors advise people with heart conditions, high blood pressure, kidney disease and diabetes to not exceed 1,500 mg per day. So will the new salt study change the sodium level intake? How about that new Waffle Taco from Taco Bell? Will people die sooner from eating it? Who can say?