Skip to comments.1 in 10 U.S. Deaths Blamed on Salt
Posted on 03/22/2013 8:36:23 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
On the heels of a study linking sugary drinks to 25,000 U.S. deaths a year, new research suggests salty food is even more dangerous.
The new study, by the same Harvard research team, linked excessive salt consumption to nearly 2.3 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide in 2010. One in 10 Americans dies from eating too much salt, the researchers found.
“The burden of sodium is much higher than the burden of sugar-sweetened beverages,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health and author of both the salt and sugary drink studies. “That’s because sugar-sweetened beverages are just one type of food that people can avoid, whereas sodium is in everything.”
Mozaffarian and colleagues used data from 247 surveys on sodium intake and 107 clinical trials that measured how salt affects blood pressure, and how blood pressure contributes to cardiovascular disease like heart attacks and stroke.
“From that we could determine the health effects of sodium,” he said, adding that one out of three deaths due to excessive sodium occurred before age 70. “It’s really affecting younger adults, not just the elderly.”
The study, presented today at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans, adds to mounting evidence that packaged and processed foods containing high levels of salt for flavor and shelf life can take a heavy toll on cardiovascular health.
“It’s really amazing how pervasive it is,” Mozaffarian said of salt. “For the average person, it’s very hard to avoid salt – you have to be incredibly motivated, incredibly educated, have access to a range of foods and do all the cooking yourself.”
But not everything is easy to whip up at home, Mozaffarian added. Bread and cheese are the top two sources of sodium in the U.S.
“It’s everywhere,” he said.
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Says the snails and slugs.
Screw them. I just had a few Cape Cod Kettle Cooked potato chips.
These Harvard pseudoscientists are not worth their salt. (No salt, no salary.)
Wuz just going there....
Civilization never would have survived if they hadn’t used salt to preserve food.
Salt kills ya!
Eggs kill ya!
Beef kills ya!
Coffee kills ya!
At some point in time the very health conscience will be dying and wondering what the heck happened.
Don’t get me wrong..I have the utmost respect for health conscience people. But the bottom line is..we all started dying the day we were born. Some of us slowly..some fast.
The nanny state wants to make sure you live longer. Yet they will deny healthcare to the elderly and send you home to die. Then you can eat all the salt you want.
Indeed it is. I recall complaints from lab mavens in solid state physics that we leave it all over everything we touch. Recall the Bell System Science Series film, HEMO THE MAGNIFICENT, which made a dramatic scene out of the announcement that sea water is the closest thing to human blood. The word "salary" comes from the Latin word for salt.
My opinion, which is my own, is that a low-salt diet is in fact a deprivation diet. The human body regulates its salt content with robust mechanisms, and our taste for this mineral serves the purpose of insuring a minimum level.
I suppose it may be true that lowering the level below what the body provides for, particularly as we age, may have the salutary effect which is claimed, but this requires that we force the level below what the wisdom of our body, such as it may be, decrees.
There are some obvious tie-ins with obesity claims.
Everything in that study may be obsolete.
Simulated Mars mission reveals bodys sodium rhythms
The findings suggest that current medical practice and studies that rely on 24-hour urine samples to determine salt intake are not accurate......
LIFE IS FATAL.
yes...and it is refined salt that is the problem! Daaaaa! abc missed the vital facts. Search sea salt and how you can and should eat much of it daily.
“All this time I thought it was those pesky A-salt rifles”
It is all about the A-salt shakers (magazines) that allow the dispensing of too many crystals in one shake. And it is also all about the wrong kind of salt (ammo) - if it is not RealSalt, totally unprocessed, it is too deadly for anyone except the Surgeon General/FDA/AMA to handle...they are currently buying 1.6 billion grains to protect us from ourselves by making this stuff scarce.
Seriously (more seriously that the seriously written comments in the preceding paragraph), salt is not a killer...if it is natural, unprocessed. The ‘table salt’ we find in the grocery store is processed, and is not healthy, though it does not do what this article is suggesting. Low sodium...is it healthy? Depends...
Some low sodium products are very high in potassium, a very good thing. We are all generally shy on our potassium intake. Natural salt (unprocessed) is not unhealthy. RealSalt, Himalayan Salt are healthy. Sea salt? better than processed salt, but not as good as the RealSalt or Himalayan Salt lsid down in ancient sea beds eons ago before there were bad contaminants (Mercury etc) in the seas.
I am past mid 70...I am healthy...recent blood work shows everything in ‘spec’...even the non issue ‘cholesterol’. I am on no prescription meds. Only health problem is cateracts, and those will soon be corrected...asked Doc about incidence...he said everybody gets cateracts...and he told me I will see better than I have ever seen (I’ve worn glasses since I was 5). The point of this is that I like salt...I use a lot of salt...and I also like fat, especially butter - my butter consumption is way beyond the average in this country, and I eat butter, not anykind of butter substitute (all margarines, etc are bad for us). I also eat bacon, several times a week, and if I wind up at a certain breakfast buffet that has unlimited bacon, I PIG out. I do not worry about any kind of animal fat. I eat eggs, lots of ‘em. Eggs are healthy. Egg white substitutes are not (the yoke is better for you than the white).
Etc etc etc...
Another point of view: