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SALT, SO OFTEN THE LIFE OF THE FOOD PARTY, IS FINALLY GETTING SOME GOOD HEALTH PR. A controversial new study makes the bold claim that the substance is not quite as damaging as previously believed. The study, published in the Lancet medical journal , argues against campaigns designed to persuade people to cut down, noting that said approach may only be useful in countries with particularly high sodium consumption. Though commonly mistaken for being the same thing, salt and sodium are not quite identical. Sodium is a mineral that occurs naturally in foods or is later added during manufacturing. It is estimated that over 75% of the sodium that human beings consume comes from processed foods. Your common table salt, by contrast, is a combination of sodium and chloride, roughing shaking out to a 60/40 chloride/sodium spli... Full story

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