Much against the wide understanding that too much salt is unhealthy and bad for your body, a new study in Canada challenges this age-long medical advice.

Medical experts in the US and other parts of the world have always cautioned people against taking too much salt, but the latest Canadian salt research says a little more salt won’t harm your body as otherwise believed – and this has set nutritional experts and medical authorities against themselves in an ongoing salt-intake debate.

Medical and health organizations in the US have always held that 1,500 – 2,300 milligrams of salt should be the average amount consumed in meals daily to maintain a normal functional health, but nutritional observers maintain that most people go above this amount and consume as much as 3,400 milligrams of salt per day across the US – which appears to be the average amount advocated by the new research in Canada.

Although the latest salt-intake research in Canada is still ongoing and inconclusive, the researchers believe the average people should consume about 3,000 – 6,000 milligrams of salt daily because this helps the body cells to grow, but other medical experts disagree.

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There is one common consensus though, all researchers and authorities the world over agree that too much salt might be dangerous for hypertension patients, and the very elderly. There is also another consensus: people that consume over 5,000 milligrams of salt per day might be at risk of cardiovascular disease which might lead to death.

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But the bone of contention lies in the exact salt amount that should be consumed by healthy persons per day. Some say 1,500 – 2,300 should be the ideal, and others say 3,000+ is okay for good health. All health professionals agree that your average salt intake shouldn’t be below or above the recommended daily allowance.