Is It Time to End the “War on Salt”?

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The assault on dietary salt has been growing, and salt sales have been trending slightly downward. Is this a good fight?

According to Scientific American, perhaps not:

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.

(HT: Eric Jones)

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  1. Joshua Northey says:

    Unless you are very unhealthy you can have as much salt as you want as long as you drink enough water to flush it. Drink a gallon or 2 of water a day.

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  2. Nicole says:

    Thought you might be interested in a non-press filtered interpretation of the underlying work by someone who actually reads (and then interprets for the rest of “us”) medical research papers: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/salt-more-confirmation-bias-for-your-preferred-narrative/

    Looks to me like dietary sodium is still a problem.

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  3. Brett Keller says:

    You should post a follow-up on this topic now that there’s a new Lancet paper picking apart the methodology and showing the authors were wrong to begin with: http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science-Nutrition/Lancet-paper-blasts-Cochrane-salt-study

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