An international team of scientists has found that eating large amounts of table salt leads to changes in the intestinal microflora in mammals.
This, in turn, can cause the development of various diseases. The researchers' article was published in the journal Nature.
The biologists analyzed fecal samples from mice that had been on a normal (NSD) or high salt (HSD) diet for several weeks. The results of the experiment showed that on the 14th day the number of bacteria belonging to some strains decreased in animals from the HSD group.
Researchers sequenced (established the sequence of nucleotides in DNA) the genome of those microorganisms that were exposed to high amounts of salt.
It turned out that the most susceptible to it are the bacteria Lactobacillus murinus, which prevent the development of autoimmune encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain) and hypertension.