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Low-sodium's greater power

Consumers tend to exaggerate the heath benefits of low-sodium products

When food manufacturers drop the sodium content in their products, consumers should benefit.

But people’s understanding of low-sodium labels appears to be somewhat blurry, according to a study out of the University of Toronto.

The study, which asked participants about the health benefits of various label claims on a fake can of soup, found people tend to attribute a wider range of health benefits to the low-sodium claim than actually is the case.

Study participants thought that low-sodium soup could help them lose weight, prevent constipation, and even avoid diabetes. In reality, eating less sodium primarily helps reduce blood pressure.

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