Skip to comments.People eat too much salt but surprising report questions if eating too little could be harmful
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 its not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle...
Were not saying we shouldnt 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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At least there's one area I can consider myself, 'above average" :-)
my doc told me with high blood pressure like mine i could eat all the salt i want
Me thinks they make up stats...
What you say?? That's crazy??
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.
Drink a lot of water.
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.
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.
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.
Yah think? Salt is necessary to life.
You don't get enough you die.
try an ‘outback’ baked potato ... enough salt for a month.
But there can never be too many things you can use to bully people into obeying you.
When I finish one jar, I'll strain the remaining brine and garlic into the next jar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thanks for the links.