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To: Diapason
The effects of sodium intake depend on one’s diet. On a high carb diet (like the so-called healthy food pyramid) one retains excess sodium, hence the warnings to restrict sodium intake. On a lower carb diet this is not an issue.

This is another Atkins myth. The harmful effects of excess sodium intake do not vary by diet. Carbohydrate consumption is not a factor.

4 posted on 06/07/2013 11:02:38 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: Kennard

Unless you have certain genetic factors “harmful effects of excess sodium intake” is what is a myth.


5 posted on 06/07/2013 11:05:54 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Join AAAA : Americans Against Acronym Abuse)
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To: Kennard

“This is another Atkins myth. The harmful effects of excess sodium intake do not vary by diet. Carbohydrate consumption is not a factor.”

I don’t know what Atkins said about salt. All I know is about more recent research which my own doctor seems to be familiar with, and which has led me into trying to up my sodium intake in spite of the fact that I just don’t like the taste of salt – I prefer the taste of food without it. For the record, I ended up with very high blood pressure in spite of very limited sodium intake. Since going lower carb – never particularly high to start with – my blood pressure meds have been reduced along with hypothyroid meds (born defective ;-) and ditched 8kg.


8 posted on 06/08/2013 12:01:22 AM PDT by Diapason
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To: Kennard
The yo-yo dieting of medical fad has people sick of being restricted from food that tastes good. Medical research says cholesterol in food is bad, cut out egg yolks. Then, not so fast, it isn't so bad after all. Medical research says dairy butter is bad and margarine is better. Not so fast, now it's reversed. Medical research now says trans fats are bad, wasn't that the basis for most margarine at the time it was said to be healthy?

Salt is necessary for life, try living in a hot sweaty climate without it. Some may benefit from restriction of dietary intake but all and not even most do. It's invaluable as a preservative and it is anti-microbial. I do not see the rational basis for any blanket condemnation for the use of it.

I'm one of those people who crave salt, by the way. My sodium levels tend to be on the low side, which in my experience leads to the craving. Mowing the yard or hiking on a hot, humid, sweaty day has me wanting fluids and a salty snack. The body is self-regulating to an extent, and that is reflected in the craving.

25 posted on 06/08/2013 9:45:56 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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