One day you read that caffeine is not good for your health then you read in another study that caffeine is good for you. Chocolate has the same debate like tea as well. And the list goes on and on. For this reason I stopped believing these health studies and now following the only fail-proof study; moderation intake. Common sense says too much coffee is not good same as no caffeine is also not good, at least not for your morning spirit.
Only when it comes to salt my consumption is lower than average. I got used to it in a way that my guests ask for the salt when I cook. These studies got me very cautious when it comes to salt intake. But today I read one of those unproven studies that low salt intake is even worse than above average intake???
Doctors and public health officials have been telling us for years that eating too much sodium can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke by raising blood pressure to unsafe levels. So how to explain a new study that suggests low salt intake actually increases the risk of dying from those causes?
The study, which followed 3,681 healthy European men and women age 60 or younger for about eight years, also found that above-average sodium intake did not appear to up the risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) or dying of a heart attack or stroke.
Slightly more than 6 percent of the participants had a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular emergency during the study, roughly one-third of which were fatal. Those who consumed the least salt had a 56 percent higher risk of death from a heart attack or stroke compared with those who had the highest consumption, even after controlling for obesity, cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and other risk factors. [source]