Monthly Archives: July 2011

Too much salt, too little potassium, increases risk of death

Here’s yet another reason why you should eat more fruits and vegetables and cut back on processed foods: A large new study finds that people who eat high sodium, low potassium diets have a higher risk of dying from a heart attack or from any saltcause. The study, which appears in the July 11, 2011 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, (1) bolsters the already-substantial evidence that high salt diets have negative effects on health. (24) And it highlights a key dietary change people can make to lower their risk: Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits, which are naturally high in potassium and low in sodium—and eat less bread, cheese, and processed meat, since these and other processed foods are high in sodium and low in potassium. Continue reading