EL PASO - A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this week makes the shocking claim that eating less salt could be more dangerous to your health than shaking the salt shaker to your heart's content. In this study, the group consuming less sodium had a 56% greater chance of dying of a heart attack or stroke.
The Center for Disease Control has already come out against the findings of this study, calling the methods used to obtain these results "flawed." Newschannel 9 spoke with El Paso area cardiologist Dr. Juan M. Escobar, and he sides with the conventional thinking and continues to recommend low sodium diets to his patients with high blood pressure. He says "The low sodium diet needs to be maintained, especially in individuals who have high blood pressure and congestive heart failure...but I think for the general population, we shouldn't jump to conclusion that more sodium is healthy."