Diet and Blood Pressure--The Paradigm Shift

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Science  14 Aug 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5379, pp. 933-934
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5379.933

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We all know that we shouldn't put too much salt on our food because it might cause our blood pressure to go up. In his Perspective, McCarron argues that the scientific evidence actually tells us something different: Salt has little effect on blood pressure, and the most effective diet-induced changes in blood pressure can be achieved with a menu low in fat but high in calcium, fruits, and vegetables.