Eating too much sodium can cause high blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack. So health experts want to reduce our addiction to salt.
New research suggests it might not work.
A study by Danish and U.S. researchers concluded that salt intake is regulated by the brain and that our consumption of it hasn’t changed much in 50 years, regardless of changes in the food supply.
“There is a ‘normal’ range of human sodium intake defined by physiology and biological needs,” the researchers wrote. “No matter how well intended, public policy simply cannot alter a physiologically set parameter.”
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