For years, we’ve been told salt is “bad” for us.
Like the low fat diet hype of the 1990’s, doctors and USDA guidelines have cautioned us to avoid salt and sodium in the name of heart health, anti-inflammation and low blood pressure.
However, newsflash: Salt is really not as dangerous as you’ve been made to believe.
In fact, salt actually does a body good.
A new study that followed more than 2,600 people for 16 years debunked the USDA’s scare-tactic claims about salt.
Lead researcher Lynn Moore, of Boston University School of Medicine said: “We saw no evidence that a diet lower in sodium had any long-term beneficial effects on blood pressure,” adding, ”Our findings add to growing evidence that current recommendations for sodium intake may be misguided.”
In the study, researchers followed 2,632 men and women, ages 30 to 64 years old. The participants had normal blood pressure at the study’s start. However, over the next 16 years, the researchers found that the study participants who consumed less than 2500 milligrams of sodium a day had higher blood pressure than participants who consumed higher amounts of sodium.
CURRENT SALT RECOMMENDATIONS
While the USDA still currently recommends Americans consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium or salt daily (and the American Heart Association goes a step further, recommending “an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day in order to “significantly improve blood pressure and heart health”), what they SHOULD be recommending actually is LESS PROCESSED AND PACKAGED FOOD.
On average, most Americans consumer 3,400 mg of sodium per day, and there’s no question the modern epidemic of disease we see (1 in 4 have heart disease, 1 in 4 have cancer, 1 in 3 have high blood pressure).
However, is it really salt that’s triggering inflammation (disease)?
Or is it the quality of the foods with that salt?
The majority of this sodium most people consume comes from some processed, prepackaged and restaurant foods (not from the salt shaker).
Although USDA recommendations urge us to eat less salt—the real recommendations should encourage less process, packaged and restaurant foods.
Salt is not the enemy.
WHY SALT IS GOOD FOR YOU
Salt—or sodium—is a necessary mineral to maintain good overall health. Some of the benefits of salt include:
- Body Balance & Healthy Metabolism— Salt helps your body maintain balance (homeostasis) and a normal cellular metabolism