eat salt!

eat salt already! from scientific american:

“It’s Time to End the War on Salt”
“The zealous drive by politicians to limit our salt intake has little basis in science

This week a meta-analysis of seven studies involving a total of 6,250 subjects 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 May European researchers publishing in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that the less sodium that study subjects excreted in their urine — an excellent measure of prior consumption — the greater their risk was of dying from heart disease. These findings call into question the common wisdom that excess salt is bad for you, but the evidence linking salt to heart disease has always been tenuous….

“Rather than create drastic salt policies based on conflicting data, Alderman and his colleague Hillel Cohen propose that the government sponsor a large, controlled clinical trial to see what happens to people who follow low-salt diets over time. Appel responds that such a trial ‘cannot and will not be done,’ in part because it would be so expensive. But unless we have clear data, evangelical antisalt campaigns are not just based on shaky science; they are ultimately unfair. ‘A great number of promises are being made to the public with regard to this enormous benefit and lives saved,’ Cohen says. But it is ‘based on wild extrapolations.‘”

previously: wtf medical establishm’t?

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wtf medical establishm’t?

i’m gonna join the ranks of the one and dennis mangan in questioning wtf is with all the screwy dietary advice from the medical establishment?? eat lots of grains? hmmmmm. don’t eat too much animal fat? yeah, right. cholesterol is bad for you and causes vascular disease? pull the other one!

and now, starting to be de-bunked(?), don’t eat too much salt…

Fatal and Nonfatal Outcomes, Incidence of Hypertension, and Blood Pressure Changes in Relation to Urinary Sodium Excretion

“Conclusions – In this population-based cohort, systolic blood pressure, but not diastolic pressure, changes over time aligned with change in sodium excretion, but this association did not translate into a higher risk of hypertension or CVD complications. Lower sodium excretion was associated with higher CVD mortality.

yeah. you read that right. people who ate (or, at least, excreted) the LEAST amount of salt had a (slightly) higher death rate from heart disease. above-average salt intake did NOT increase blood pressure in this study.

i haven’t read the full article yet (will have to wait ’til after the weekend, i’m afraid), but wtf medical establishment? i’m sure working out all these dietary things is d*mn complicated, but quit giving advice without being as sure as you can be, already!

note that the study was done in denmark the flemish part of belgium, so maybe this applies only to danish flemish|germanic people. -?-

see also: Salt is GOOD for you: Eating more could even lower the chances of heart disease

(heh. now i’m glad i never followed the no-salt recommendation. i like salt, gosh-d*rnit! and i eat it! in moderation, like everything else. except for dark chocolate, of course.)

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