Salt

What’s all the fuss about salt in the diet?

IT’S a perennial debate: do you really need to eat less salt or is this just advice doctors and dietitians dish up because they’ve always done so. Should you heed it or take it  with a hefty pinch of salt? Here’s what experts say on both sides of a controversial scientific fence. 

By Marika Sboros

Are you eating too much salt? Heart foundations and dietitians’ associations globally say you are. It’s practically hardwired into society that this is what you should do if you are concerned about your heart.

Other experts – including scientists at Harvard Medical School and the World Health Organisation – say the same thing: you should eat less salt for your heart’s sake. They say a low-sodium diet protects your heart and blood vessels and ..