Should Everyone Cut Salt Intake? Study Says No

A large international study questions the conventional advice that all people should cut their salt intake to the bone. Too much salt is bad, especially for those over 60 or those who already have high blood pressure, but too little salt may be just as bad, the scientists said. The findings are the latest in a decades-long controversy over whether health officials have gone too far in urging everyone to reduce the amount of salt in their diet. The new research suggests …

The Takeaway: 2011′s Low-Profile Retirement Trends; Sodium’s Dangers Mitigated By Potassium

Retirement savers, take heed””these developments may not have made major headlines in 2011, but they’re still important to your retirement planning efforts. And while a diet high in sodium does increase heart disease risk, even more important is the ratio of sodium to potassium in your diet.

What Do Baked Potatoes Have To Do With Stroke?

New research indicates that if older adults want to lower their risk of getting a stroke, one of the best things they can do is eat more high-potassium foods. That would be things like baked potatoes with the skin, cooked spinach, orange juice, bananas, yogurt, acorn squash, raisins and beans. People whose diet contains plenty of these foods may be less likely to suffer a stroke than those who get little of the mineral, according to a recent study reported …