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Articles October 2013 Issue

Updating the Salt Controversy

Don’t be fooled—we are consuming too much sodium, no matter how you look at it.

If you studied the headlines this spring about the latest report on dietary sodium and concluded you could stop worrying and maybe have an extra bag of chips, think again. True, that’s certainly how most of the news coverage of the report from the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) read: “No Benefit Seen in Sharp Limits on Salt in Diet,” headlined the New York Times. “Report questions reducing salt intake too dramatically” was the take in USA Today. And CNN announced, “Report questions benefits of salt reduction.”

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