Is Salt REALLY Bad for Your Health?

For decades, doctors have admonished us to reduce our salt intake to lower blood pressure, but is salt really that bad?

Gary Taubes of The New York Times wrote about why salt may turn out not to be bad for your health after all. In fact, eating too little salt can be bad:

The idea that eating less salt can worsen health outcomes may sound bizarre, but it also has biological plausibility and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, too. A 1972 paper in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the less salt people ate, the higher their levels of a substance secreted by the kidneys, called renin, which set off a physiological cascade of events that seemed to end with an increased risk of heart disease. In this scenario: eat less salt, secrete more renin, get heart disease, die prematurely.

With nearly everyone focused on the supposed benefits of salt restriction, little research was done to look at the potential dangers. But four years ago, Italian researchers began publishing the results from a series of clinical trials, all of which reported that, among patients with heart failure, reducing salt consumption increased the risk of death.


The issue with these studies is that they do not separate racial issues. Some of us need to limit salt intake. Others are fine with Sodium and need to limit milk.
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The only problem with this report is that if you eat ANY processed food you'll have plenty of sodium in you diet. I've been trying to get my sodium level down, and even not eating in restaurants, not eating sausages or hot dogs, etc. my sodium is still above approved levels.

Hell, even shredded wheat -- with no sugar -- has sodium!
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