New research shows health benefits of salt

In a recent New York Times article, award winning science journalist Gary Taubes describes the considerable efforts and expenditures made by government public health agencies to support and promote salt restriction, despite clinical evidence which does not support population-wide salt reduction strategies.

According to Taubes, a flood of new research published in the last two years has not only shown the health benefits of salt but also revealed the risks of low-sodium diets.

“There was no disputing that salt is a natural, no-calorie and tasty nutrient essential for life, but the biggest nutrition story in recent years is the proof that following the government’s low salt advice could actually shorten your life,” says Lori Roman, president of the Salt Institute. (more…)

Up For Debate: Yes, You Need Salt

For decades, salt has been demonized for a host of issues, everything from worsening high blood pressure and fluid retention to potassium deficiency and even food addiction. And these concerns are well founded.

According to study published in British Journal of Medicine in 2011, high blood pressure is the primary cause of death and disability in adults worldwide and is responsible for nearly 50 percent of deaths from coronary heart disease and more than 60 percent of stroke-related deaths.1 (See this blood pressure article.)

Similarly, fluid retention (or edema) can increase your risk for stiffness and tissue scarring, as well as decreased circulation and elasticity of arteries and veins. (more…)

Shaking Up The Salt Myth: Healthy Salt Recommendations

As you may realize by now, salt has had a very colorful history, both in the development of human civilization as well as public health politics in the past century. While salt was originally prized by many cultures for thousands of years, in the past century it has been demonized; some have gone as far as calling it the single most harmful substance in the food supply. Yet as we know, sodium plays a crucial role in optimal health, and too little salt intake can be dangerous in the long run. (more…)

The International Salt Secret That Could Save Your Heart – and Your Life

The Miracle That Could Have Saved 353,000 Americans in One Year!
According to the American Heart Association: “Coronary heart disease caused 445,687 deaths in 2005 and is the single leading cause of death in America today.”2 If this 2005 death rate could have been reduced by 60%, 267,412 of our friends, neighbors, and family members would still be with us. Also according to the American Heart Association: “Stroke killed 143,579 people in 2005. It’s the third largest cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.”3 A 60% reduction in deaths from stroke would cut 143,579 deaths to 57,432 – still too many, but very significantly less. (more…)

The Low Salt Diet Revisited: Found to Increase Mortality

A recent study on the effect of a low salt diet made headlines, finding that a low salt diet increases mortality for patients with congestive heart failure.(1-6) The study concluded there was not enough evidence to advise a low-salt diet for the rest of us. They doubted a low salt diet would benefit the population.(6)

In this article we will re-examine the low salt diet, clear away the confusion, and make recommendations about salt intake, hypertension, and health. (more…)

High Salt + Low Potassium = High Risk of Sudden Death

For years I’ve been saying that it’s not just the amount of salt you’re eating that’s detrimental to your blood pressure, although too much salt is bad news. But it’s also the ratio of sodium to potassium in your diet. Now, new evidence is showing just how important that ratio is to your heart health. (more…)

Salt isn’t the problem after all

It’s like a scene out of “The Fugitive.”

A convicted killer has spent years on the run, wrongly accused of murder — but the “killer” in this case isn’t Harrison Ford’s (or David Janssen’s) Dr. Richard Kimble.

It’s salt.

Salt has been called every name in the book and labeled Public Health Enemy Number One for its supposed role in heart disease and an early death.

Some places are even working on laws against this stuff (I’m looking at you, New York).

But now, a growing body of evidence finds that salt is wrongly accused — and a new review of the research shows that cutting back on sodium will neither prevent heart disease nor save lives. (more…)

Why eating more salt may be good for you!

For years, you’ve heard that eating salt is bad for you. But you should probably take this rule — excuse the pun — with a grain salt.

A new study found that low-salt diets might increase fatal heart attack and stroke risk. Plus, the less salt consumed, the greater the risk.

Plus, researchers found the link between high salt diets and high blood pressure isn’t as strong as once thought. In fact, the volunteers who ate the most salt only slightly raised their systolic blood pressure readings. (more…)

Why eating more salt may be good for you!

For years, you’ve heard that eating salt is bad for you. But you should probably take this rule — excuse the pun — with a grain salt.

A new study found that low-salt diets might increase fatal heart attack and stroke risk. Plus, the less salt consumed, the greater the risk.

Plus, researchers found the link between high salt diets and high blood pressure isn’t as strong as once thought. In fact, the volunteers who ate the most salt only slightly raised their systolic blood pressure readings. (more…)

Salt freedom: Busting the sodium restriction myth

You know those “gold standard” trials that medical mainstreamers are always talking about? They don’t want to hear any theories about how this or that might be good or bad for you unless the evidence comes from a double-blinded, placebo-controlled “gold standard” trial.

And yet, they’ll be the first to tell you to limit salt intake.

Well guess what… There’s never been a gold standard trial conducted to back up the widely accepted notion that high salt intake boosts blood pressure.

That’s right: none. As in ZERO. (more…)