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January 2009 Issue

Too Much or Too Little Sodium Is Unhealthy

What about sodium intakes that fall in between the minimum of 500 and the 2,400 maximum? Thatís where the waters get a bit murky. While the prevailing philosophy is the lower the better, not everyone agrees with this sodium party line. A few researchers, including Hillel Cohen, Dr.P.H., of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, have compared sodium intakes with death rates from cardiovascular disease using government survey data and have uncovered a provocative link.

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