It’s not what we’ve been told all these years.Disturbing new studies cast a jaundiced eye on the salt restriction juggernaut.An analysis of seven studies with a total of 6,250 subjects published in the American Journal of Hypertension found no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces the risk for heart attacks, strokes or death in people with normal or high blood pressure.
In fact the guidelines showed that people who kept their salt intake under 2300 mg per day, the current recommended daily amount, had higher death rates than those who eat 3500 mg a day, the current average.
Another study in May 2011 in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the l
ess sodium study subjects excreted in their urine the greater their risk was of dying from heart disease. Even though there was a small reduction in blood pressure there was no overall benefit.
The standard drumbeat of salt restriction doesn’t sound so good after all.
The evidence that lowering salt intake was good for you is now in question. The media just keeps parroting the dire warnings based on flimsy evidence. And yes, other experts will cry fool and warn of serious consequences if you don’t lower you salt intake.
My recommendation? Don’t ADD salt as everything is is already loaded and the more salt you consume the more food you eat. However reducing calories is always a good idea!
And if you do salt and someone gives you the evil eye just say that you doctor recommends salt based on the current studies.
There are many other strategies to lower blood pressure, but salt reduction doesn’t seem to be that effective as science once thought.
I’m coming out with my new book on high blood pressure. I will inform you when and have a special offer where you can get it for free. The tips and strategies in the book could save your life.
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