From a public health perspective, salt shakers have been branded the equivalent of an ash tray, an instrument of ill health. Achtung baby. But a large study published recently in The Lancet, a major British medical journal, is shaking things up.
Researchers followed 133,000 people for more than four years, monitoring their salt intake and whether any of the following bad things happened to them: heart attack, heart failure, stroke, or death. Roughly half the group had already been diagnosed with hypertension, and excess salt intake has long been thought to be a key driver in the physiology that causes hypertension.
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