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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: 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: 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: 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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