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Report Reignites Battle Over Low-Salt Diets

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Science  24 May 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6135, pp. 908
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6135.908

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Radically reducing your salt intake is good for your health. Or is it? That question is at the center of a passionate debate once again after an Institute of Medicine report last week called into question official recommendations advising people to consume less sodium. The high-profile study is the latest in a controversy that has raged for decades—and some researchers say the science of salt is so complex that they may never find solid answers.