"More salt on my chips, please." It's common phrase we hear in fast-foods restaurants, and even though most of us are aware of the dangers of too much salt, we still use too much.
Now researchers are saying too much salt in your diet can increase your risk for heart failure. And that's a finding that you should not take with a pinch of salt.
That's the conclusion of Finnish researchers who found that people who consume more than 13 700 milligrams of salt a day – about 2.5 teaspoons – had double the risk for heart failure of low-salt consumers.
The heart does not like salt
"High salt [sodium chloride] intake is one of the major causes of high blood pressure and an independent risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke," said researcher Pekka Jousilahti.