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Medical News and Perspectives
April 14, 2004

Dash of Dissent on Salt Intake Advice

JAMA. 2004;291(14):1686-1689. doi:10.1001/jama.291.14.1686

Salt is a simple chemical compound, but its presence in the human diet and its effect on blood pressure has provoked a complex debate.

At issue is the effect of sodium on hypertension—a condition affecting almost 50 million individuals in the United States. Some researchers argue that decades of research conclusively show that sodium increases blood pressure. But skeptics say the link remains unproved—especially among those with normal blood pressure.

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