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New study on salt intake

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PADUCAH, KY -

We've always heard too much sodium, also known as salt, is bad for us. Now, a new study shows that may no longer be the case.

A new Emory University study shows using more salt doesn't add to a higher death rate, heart disease, or heart failure in older adults.

"They found that the 1500 milligram versus the 2300 milligram of sodium didn't seem to have much change in it at all," said Lourdes Registered Dietician Sandra Farthing.

She says you should take these findings with a grain of salt.

"We have to look at that big picture the whole picture not just salt affects us but how our overall environment is going to affect us," said Farthing.

She says while the trial tested a lot of people, one study isn't enough to prove people can eat more salt. More research points to salt as a factor of heart disease and diabetes.

Farthing says one way to ensure you eat less salt, throw out your salt shaker. When buying food, try scanning around the perimeter of a grocery store.

"Most natural foods already have salt in them. The CDC recommends keeping your salt intake under 2300 milligrams per day. To put that in perspective one teaspoon is that amount," said Farthing.

Farthing also says you should try to stay away from the middle as much as you can. That's typically where processed foods, which are made with salt, are stocked. As for getting your vegetables in the winter time, Farthing says the frozen aisle is your best bet to help eliminate salt in your diet.

The study did not apply to older adults with pre-existing heart disease or heart failure. To read the full report, click here.

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