Long described as "a silent killer" by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, sodium has drawn renewed attacks from the American Medical Association. Critics say it may be responsible for 150,000 deaths per year in the United States alone. OK, so it's salt. It may sound mundane, but physicians overwhelmingly agree that, over the long term, a high-sodium diet will contribute to the development of hypertension, raising a person's risk of heart attacks and strokes. And Americans are ...

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