Is eating too much salt bad for you? A new report, which examines more than 35 years of research, says there is no consensus. Two professors at Columbia and a former member of the Board of Health published the paper this week—and the timing is suspiciously good for chain restaurants in New York City. Lawyers from the National Restaurant Association, in fact, were preparing to go court next week to fight the Health Department's salt law mandating that chain restaurants publish menu warnings for dishes containing more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.
The study suggests that while there have indeed been two extremes in the salt wars, neither side has conclusively proven a scientific connection between sodium intake and hypertension and heart disease.
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"We documented a strong polarization of scientific reports on the link between sodium intake and clinical outcomes in populations, and a pattern of uncertainty in published systematic reviews," they said.