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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Salt Is Safe - The Joy of Salt

As loyal readers know, I have written many times about Nanny's obsession with the amount of salt that we eat. In fact the very first article I published, on 18 September 2004, was about salt.

Anyhoo, moving on to 2104 and it seems that some people have finally realised that salt may in fact be not as harmful as Nanny would have us believe.

A study conducted by Dr. Salim Yusuf of McMaster University's Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario notes that the amount of salt most people consume is okay for heart health — and too little may be as bad as too much.

As loyal readers know, on the assumption that your kidneys are working and that you drink water the body is perfectly capable of sweating/urinating any excess salt out of the system.

Indeed, when I was a nipper I would eat large chunks of slat from a sea salt block that my mum would buy and have me grind up for the salt jar. I am in tip top condition, and haven't seen a doctor since 2000 (and that was only for a medical for a job)!

Dr Yusuf is quoted in the Mail, quite rightly noting that some people make a nice little earner from anti salt campaigning:
"There are those who have made a career out of promoting extreme sodium reduction that will attack us,' he said. It's better to focus on healthy lifestyles and overall diets instead of a single element, 'and that is something everyone can rally around."
Suffice to say Dr Yusuf's findings have been criticised by Nanny's chums within the scientific community.

The reality is, that if you are healthy and have a decent fluid intake then your body will handle it.

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  1. Sad Brit12:32 PM

    My friend was told for years to follow a low salt diet and she'd magically lose weight and be healthier. Well she didn't.

    Later on she found out that the low salt diet was contra indicated for her family medical history and severly contributed to her mental illnesses and some of the physical ones. She spent 10 years of her life in more distress than necessary because of it.

    Sadly she isn't with us anymore as by the time she was made aware of the issue of a low salt diet her mental conditions had encouraged her to try suicide and wreck her body beyond repair. It reminds me that we need to be treating the person as a whole and not aim for the latest fad...

    1. Anonymous5:44 PM

      I wonder whether things would not get better if for every person who commits suicide their GP should be sent to prison for 5 years> The only real snag about this idea is that we may then have no GPs after all: but, that may not necessarily be a bad thing!