'It's putting the health of many at risk': Leading heart scientist's new book causes uproar by claiming people should eat MORE salt to stop them getting fat and improve their sex lives

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A leading cardiovascular scientist has caused uproar in the medical community after claiming in his new book that people should eat more salt.

Dr James DiNicolantonio, of Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Missouri, said official guidelines on salt consumption are all 'wrong'.

Salt - Fix - Recommendations - Sex - Life

Writing in The Salt Fix, he claimed listening to recommendations and having too little will instead make you fat and ruin your sex life.

But a range of experts have criticised the book and said it 'undermines' established evidence that could leave many at risk of heart attacks.

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Louis Levy, head of nutrition science at Public Health England, told The Guardian: 'Diet is now the leading cause of ill health.

'By advocating a high-salt diet this book is putting the health of many at risk and it undermines internationally recognised evidence that shows a diet high in salt is linked to high blood pressure, a known risk for heart disease.

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'Our work with the food industry to cut the salt in food has already seen consumption in the UK reduce by 11 per cent and is seen as the model to aspire to globally.'

What are the guidelines?

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Current British daily guidelines limit adults to 2.4g of sodium, roughly 6g of salt - slightly less than a teaspoonful.

Similar strict stances have been adopted by bodies including the World Health Organization, American Heart Association and Public Health England.

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But Dr DiNicolantonio, who has examined more than 500 medical papers about salt, criticised the limit imposed on adults.

In a piece he previously wrote for the Daily Mail, he said: 'There was...
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