For Immediate Release: June 22, 2018
Jorge Amselle: Jorge@saltinstitute.org
Park City, Utah—For the first time, researchers with opposing views on the great salt debate have reached a consensus. A large, randomized controlled trial, using universally acceptable methods is required to serve as a basis for all future policy setting. This was the subject of a panel discussion at the 2018 World Salt Symposium held this week in Park City, Utah. Previously, sodium research had led to confusion with some experts recommending a maximum daily sodium allowance of 2,300 Mg (1,500 Mg/Day maximum in the case of the American Heart Association), and others finding a healthy range of between 3,000 and 5,000 Mg/day. Americans currently consume and average of 3,400 Mg/day.
Five years ago, the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) was tasked by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with reviewing the available research on salt and health and to make a recommendation. They could not, and, instead, recommended more and better research. This new research would have to “focus on examining the effects of a range of sodium levels on risk of cardiovascular events, stroke, and mortality among patients in controlled environments.”
From Hypertension, the Journal of the American Heart Association, the team of researchers, Daniel W. Jones, Friedrich C. Luft, Paul K. Whelton, Michael H. Alderman, John E. Hall, Eric D. Peterson, Robert M. Califf, and David A. McCarron, all agreed. “Results from such a study would inform decisions by policy makers, guideline groups, clinicians, patients, and the general public and will result in better health for all Americans and for people around the world,” they concluded.
The World Salt Symposium has been held periodically since 1962 and represents an international gathering of salt producers, researchers, journalists, business leaders and academics from all regions of the globe. It is the most comprehensive and important meeting on the subject of salt. The 2018 10th World Salt Symposium is being hosted by the Salt Institute.
The Salt Institute is a North American based non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the many benefits of salt, particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition.