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For the good of your heart: Keep holding the salt

By: Naomi Fisher, M.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications Your doctor has probably told you to cut back on salt, especially if you have high blood pressure. For years we’ve understood that excess salt raises blood pressure and increases deaths from heart disease. The guilty element is sodium, which pairs with chloride to form common salt. So when the journal Lancet recently published a study reporting that low dietary sodium was associated with an…

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