Boston University – A latest study has suggested that consuming potassium-rich foods can be more beneficial to health as compared to the low-salt diet. The study was carried out to track down the eating habits and their association with blood pressure in 2,185 girls in the age group of 9 to 10 years and more. The findings were published in the JAMA Pediatrics Journal.
Researchers have said that the study shows that consuming potassium-rich foods help to lower blood pressure in both adults and children. However, low salt diet does not cause any effect on the blood pressure as was believed previously.
Contrarily, another study published in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has suggested that intake of sodium for anyone in between the age group of 2 to 50 years should be restricted to 2,300 milligrams/day.
The recent findings, however, contradict the earlier notion about low salt diet. Until now, nutritionist had always recommended eating low sodium diet. Now the teenagers and people from all the age groups can consume potassium rich diet to control their blood pressure without worrying about their salt intake. Dr. Lynn L. Moore, an associate professor of medicine at the Boston University, headed the study.
Study Recommends Increasing Potassium Intake
According to this new study, every adult should consume 4,700 milligrams potassium per day. However, only a few people in actuality consume this recommended potassium amount. It is the main cause of the increase in blood pressure level and not the high sodium intake. The study showed that the kids who consumed potassium rich food during adolescence with normal sodium intake had normal or lower blood pressure.
That is why health experts now are focusing on increasing the potassium consumption in the daily diet instead of monitoring the sodium intake. However, this does not mean that people should switch over to high sodium diet. According to Linda Van Horn, California Northwestern University, even though the high sodium diet is not responsible for increasing blood pressure it is not at all healthy.