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People eat too much salt but surprising report questions if eating too little could be harmful
Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2013 | Associated Press

Posted on 05/14/2013 5:39:09 PM PDT by neverdem

A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying it’s not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle...

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“We’re not saying we shouldn’t be lowering excessive salt intake,” said Dr. Brian Strom of the University of Pennsylvania, who led the IOM committee. But below 2,300 mg a day, “there is simply a lack of data that shows it is beneficial.”

The average American consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium a day, equivalent to 1 ½ teaspoons. Current U.S. dietary guidelines say most people should limit that to 2,300 mg a day, while certain people — those older than 50, African-Americans, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease — should aim for just 1,500 mg...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: electrolytes; health; iodine; iom; nacl; salt; sodium; sodiumchloride

1 posted on 05/14/2013 5:39:09 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
"The average American consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium a day, equivalent to 1 ½ teaspoons."

At least there's one area I can consider myself, 'above average" :-)

2 posted on 05/14/2013 5:40:58 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

my doc told me with high blood pressure like mine i could eat all the salt i want


3 posted on 05/14/2013 5:42:37 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: neverdem
I salt my food....Half the salt winds up on the plate.

Me thinks they make up stats...

What you say?? That's crazy??

4 posted on 05/14/2013 5:47:35 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: neverdem

I heard something like this a while back. All I know is that I am restricted to 1500 mg. a day and doing so has improved my blood pressure and kidney disease. I was advised, however, not to go below 1000 mg. a day or it would upset my electrolyte balance and potentially kill me.


5 posted on 05/14/2013 5:47:37 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: neverdem
certain people — those older than 50, African-Americans, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease — should aim for just 1,500 mg...

Drink a lot of water.

6 posted on 05/14/2013 5:49:31 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: neverdem

I actually supplement my sodium intake daily - I consume 2 bouillon cubes before working out each afternoon. I don’t eat more than 20g to 25g of carbs each day and my kidneys excrete sodium immediately. Absent my lunch of 2 bouillon cubes each day, I can’t make it through a workout without a massive headache and low performance.

But, I do agree that most Americans consume far too much sodium. People who eat ANY processed food whatsoever get too much.


7 posted on 05/14/2013 5:53:33 PM PDT by RobertClark (My shrink just killed himself - he blamed me in his note!)
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To: neverdem

The studies show that the blood pressure improvements due to reduced sodium intake are only applicable to a small percentage of people.

Most people see little blood pressure benefit from reduced sodium intake.


8 posted on 05/14/2013 5:53:43 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: neverdem

You know what? I am so sick of this. I am going to eat what I want, where I want, when I want, and wash it down with a a stiff vodka tonic. When my body has had enough, I’ll die. But dammit, while I’m alive, I want to live like Winston Churchill, not Richard Simmons.


9 posted on 05/14/2013 5:54:24 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: neverdem
Also, there are some hints, albeit from studies with serious flaws, that eating the lowest levels might actually harm certain people

Yah think? Salt is necessary to life.

You don't get enough you die.

10 posted on 05/14/2013 6:02:35 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Join AAAA : Americans Against Acronym Abuse)
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To: neverdem

try an ‘outback’ baked potato ... enough salt for a month.


11 posted on 05/14/2013 6:05:26 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: neverdem
Only certain people have a problem with salt. The overwhelming majority do not.

But there can never be too many things you can use to bully people into obeying you.

12 posted on 05/14/2013 6:13:34 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: BluH2o
When I was stationed in Korea I fell in love with good, homemade kimchi...which is a little hard to find stateside. Albertson's has a decent brand made in California, which is at least generally crisp and not soggy, but even the spicy stuff is a little bland. Every time I open a jar and eat some, I'll add some additional minced garlic and sea salt before popping the jar back in the refrigerator.

When I finish one jar, I'll strain the remaining brine and garlic into the next jar.

13 posted on 05/14/2013 6:18:51 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: neverdem
The researchers miss the obvious.

Salt's primary sin is that it makes food taste better which leads to eating more than we should. A salt free diet is guaranteed to produce a weight loss. You would be surprised at how much less one eats if the food doesn't taste good.

14 posted on 05/14/2013 6:46:38 PM PDT by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: neverdem
Most "experts" don't have a clue as to "what is best for........."

I have developed high blood pressure in the past few years while my sodium levels are "too low," according to my doctor!

I've never cared much for salty foods, never added table salt to my foods, especially when eating out.

I do know that people with a history of kidney stones, can lessen them by keeping their sodium intake to around 1,000 - 1,500.

Now I will discuss a subject regarding low sodium killing babies that some of you might remember, a formula using I think, soy for babies, who weren't being nursed by their mothers and couldn't tolerate milk from cows, so were put on a soy formula. Evidently, the sodium levels were not high enough and the babies died!

There is a problem with low sodium that is unhealthy as well as too high sodium but consumption, at least for adults doesn't always add up to being the culprit and in the case of a blood pressure, consuming or not consuming salt, doesn't always give the result expected.

15 posted on 05/14/2013 6:58:38 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: neverdem

About 35 years ago a manufacturer of baby milk replacer had to recall his product. Several babies got sick as the forgot to add a necessary ingredient. salt.


16 posted on 05/14/2013 7:04:58 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: neverdem

I add salt to every vegetable I have to boil - potatoes, peas, corn, broccoli etc. - then add more on the plate. Never had a problem, and my BP is still in the ‘normal’ range for my age. Too much bs on max quantities, and not enough on moderation.


17 posted on 05/14/2013 10:07:00 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: RobertClark
Absent my lunch of 2 bouillon cubes each day, I can’t make it through a workout without a massive headache and low performance.

Those are two of the most common symptoms of heat exhaustion. Others are vertigo, fainting, and severe muscle cramps.

Long ago, I learned from a nutritionist that what lies behind those symptoms, is the loss of essential minerals during heavy exertion/perspiration, most especially salt. The way to prevent it, is to simply supplement with natural salt (sea salt tabs work best).

In fact, lots of older guys will tell you that they were issued salt tablets in their military training days. I work outdoors in the construction trades and carry a bottle of sea salt tablets with me at all times. On days when I forget to take them, I get some of the symptoms you mentioned. On days I don't forget, I never experience any of them.

18 posted on 05/14/2013 11:13:26 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: brityank

brityank You are correct. Salt is good for you. Elevated Blood Pressure has more to do with sugar than salt especially sea salt. I am an LPN nurse and I was very sick, I ate myself to wellness. I decided to report on my research so I created a blog. This is a link to one of the articles covering both salt and sugar.
Thank You
coconutcreamcare
http://coconutcreamcare.com/2012/06/26/what-you-should-know-before-using-that-artificial-sweetener/


19 posted on 05/15/2013 3:37:40 AM PDT by notomarx
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To: neverdem
Salt has been demonized excessively. It's not only necessary for life (try living with zero salt intake and see how fast you land in a hospital), it's an excellent preservative and as such is an antimicrobial. Fad diets, with the pendulum swinging wildly to and fro have demonized many foods, eggs, butter, animal fats. Are there some small number of people who are helped by restricting the above to get some condition under control? No doubt there are. The vast majority do not benefit and some are harmed, though. Diseases of sedentary living do not have a sedentary cure. The problem is being sedentary.
20 posted on 05/15/2013 3:46:09 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear; neverdem; All
Salt is necessary to life. You don't get enough you die.

Sodium (Na) is one of the necessary, essential electrolytes and should be balanced with magnesium and potassium.

Also, a rarely mentioned reason for table salt intake in the U.S. is that it's one of the few food additives that is [optionally] supplemented with iodine (check the label for "contains iodine" or "provides iodine" wording), which is a necessary nutrient, usually in the form of potassium iodide (KI).

Not all commercial table salt is iodized, so it's important to read the label. Some, but not all, sea salts have the traces of iodine and other minerals.

A rich source of iodine is seaweed, but few people in the U.S. consume it, though it's popular among Asians, particularly of Japanese ancestry.

Info on halogens, history and reasons for higher rates of iodine deficiency (take some suggestions with a pinch of salt) :

Iodine is vital for good health - Dr. James Howenstine, 2005 November 05

How important is Iodine for our health? - 2010 September 12

21 posted on 05/15/2013 4:23:46 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: brityank; notomarx
I add salt to every vegetable I have to boil - potatoes, peas, corn, broccoli etc. - then add more on the plate. Never had a problem, and my BP is still in the ‘normal’ range for my age. Too much bs on max quantities, and not enough on moderation.

My understanding is that salt intake should be about half of potassium intake. Potatoes, peas and broccoli are good sources of potassium so that should negate any "harmful" effects of the salt.

Black Beans are rich in potassium so I cook several dishes using them. I also buy low sodium V8 juice. It tastes horrible(in my opinion) so I add a quarter to half teaspoon of cayenne pepper to eight oz glass. Nice, spicy drink and healthy. Research cayenne pepper sometime, it's a good addition to a healthy diet.

22 posted on 05/15/2013 6:23:34 PM PDT by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: CutePuppy

Thanks for the links.


23 posted on 05/15/2013 7:48:39 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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