A new study revealed that consuming a modest amount of salt might not harm older adults. However any more salt can damage health.
In a study in adults aged 71 to 80, it was found that daily consumption of 2300 mg of salt did not bring any change in mortality associated with heart disease, stroke or heart failure over 10 years.
However intake of salt beyond 2300 mg which is also higher than what heart experts recommend now , might increase the risks of mortality and other ailments.
Lead researcher Dr. Andreas Kalogeropoulos, an assistant professor of cardiology at Emory University in Atlanta said, “The rate of salt intake in our study was modest.”
However researchers warn that the study must not be used as an excuse to take salt indiscriminately. Researchers did not compare high salt intake with low intake.
Dr. Andreas Kalogeropoulos added, “The question isn’t whether you should have a teaspoon or two, but whether you should have a teaspoon daily or even less than that.”