The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the long awaited report on the review of evidence concerning the consequences of sodium reduction. Their conclusion was that the current recommendations for drastic salt reductions, down to 1,500 mg sodium per day, were inappropriate and could increase the risks to health for some.
The highlight of this report was the IOM committee’s acceptance that health outcomes were considerably more significant than the single surrogate measure of blood pressure that was used in the past. The straightforward notion that overall health is far more than a simple blood pressure test, eluded the public health establishment for decades. This finding explains why people placed on low salt diets experience greater rates of illness and death.