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The link between a high salt intake and high blood pressure, which raises the risk of cardiovascular disease, is well established.  © iStock

Ireland's salt intake is falling - but still too high

By Niamh Michail

There have been “significant reductions” in salt intake among the Irish population thanks to voluntary industry efforts, says the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) - but intake is still more than double the recommended levels for men.

The study found the number of headaches was reduced regardless of blood pressure

Study: Cutting salt could reduce headaches

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Halving salt intake from 8 g to 4 g per day could significantly reduce the occurrence of headaches, according to a new study published in BMJ Open.

Eating salty snacks has been suggested to increase thirst, and therefore drive excess calorie intake.

Myth busting? High salt intake may not increase thirst

By Nathan Gray

It is commonly believed that consumption of salty foods increases thirst, and could be a reason for increased consumption of sugary soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. But just how true is this notion?

The researchers conclude that salt intake is regulated by the brain within a narrow range

Study: Normal salt intake does not vary with food supply

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Industry efforts to reduce the amount of salt in foods are unlikely to work to reduce salt consumption to levels backed by public health advocates, according to new research that suggests salt intake is regulated by the body’s needs rather than by the...

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