Adding fuel to the white hot debate over the nation’s current salt recommendations, a study published in the most recent edition of the American Journal of Hypertension has discovered that limiting salt intake increases blood cholesterol in certain people.

This study is part of a growing trend in nutrition science that suggests the large amount of salt in most people’s diets may not be as harmful as once thought.

In the study, those that suddenly cut down on their total salt intake found their blood cholesterol rise by about 2.5%. For those with borderline-high cholesterol, this 2.5% pushed them into the so-called cholesterol “danger zone” – upping their risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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