For a long time, the consumption of salt has been a controversial subject, since the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention had advocated that higher sodium consumption can increase the risk of heart disease.
However, a study, made by Dian Griesel, Ph.D. and Tom Griesel after studying 3,681 middle-aged Europeans, concluded that salt consumption is not dangerous and may in fact, be beneficial. The researchers also concluded that lesser salt the participants ate, the more likely they would die from heart disease.
The researchers state that there is no disagreement that high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. However, salt consumption does not seem to have the same effect on everyone. In addition, there is usually no distinction on the type of salt used.
It may be noted that sodium and chlorine in salt are electrolytes, minerals that conduct electricity in our fluids and tissues. The other main electrolytes are potassium,calcium and magnesium. Our kidneys maintain the balance of electrolytes and water by regulating the fluids that we take in and pass out of our bodies.
If this balance is disturbed, our muscles,nerves and organs won’t function correctly because the cells can’t generate muscle contractions and nerve impulses.