The DASH diet places special emphasis on sodium. It recommends up to 1,500 milligrams per day for anyone trying to lower blood pressure, and 2,300 milligrams to maintain a healthy blood pressure. Table salt is sodium chloride, and sodium has been implicated in raising blood pressure, but the idea that salt is bad for you is changing.
A recent study analyzed seven other studies on salt intake and health and found that there was no proof that cutting back on salt reduces the possibility of having a heart attack or stroke or of dying. Another study even found that participants who consumed less salt actually had a greater risk of dying as a result of heart disease.
Eating something salty does raise blood pressure, in the short-term, but does it really have long-term consequences? It has long been a part of common wisdom that too much salt is bad for you, but this may not actually be true. Certain types of salt like Celtic sea salt and Himalayan pink salt actually contain a lot of minerals that can be good for you. So should you cut back on salt? It’s hard to say, and if you already have high blood pressure, it is something you should discuss with your doctor.