Wednesday, May 15, 2013

"No Benefit in Sharply Restricting Salt, Panel Finds"

No kidding.

I covered this almost two years ago: "It's Time To End The War On Salt", when Scientific American had a cover article with that title. I noted that Gary Taubes had written an article to that effect in 1998.

Now the Institute of Medicine, at the behest of the Center for Disease Control, has come out with a similar finding (link above).

Chris Kresser has more:
"Last May (2012), I wrote an entire series on salt, including the history of salt in the human diet, the dangers of salt restriction, and my recommendations for a healthy salt intake. There’s no evidence that adding salt to taste to a whole foods, Paleo diet is unhealthy, and salt restriction to the level recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) is not only completely unnecessary, it’s potentially harmful. There are far more effective ways to reduce blood pressure and the risk for heart disease and stroke than salt restriction, such as increasing dietary intake of potassium, magnesium, and calcium...."
As I editorialized two years ago, "This is not about health, it's about control over you and me."

Indeed. At least some "experts" are attempting to put a stop to it.
"So while we enjoy the new technologies and marvel at the deeper understanding of the world that science brings, we should keep in mind the fundamentally provisional nature of science, and we should always take the pronouncements of its practitioners with a grain of salt."
Maybe this will teach the medical profession a little caution. Probably not.