Monday, January 10, 2011

Shake the salt (it’s killing you)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Damn it. I hate this kind of health news. Why? I love salt. Well, I should say, I love Jane's Krazy All Mixed Up Salt ... a sprinkle makes everything better (trust me). Of course, I'm also fat. So, there's that.

From Prevention magazine:

Which of the following is true of salt? (a) It's addictive. (b) It will make you fat. (c) It will kill you. (d) All of the above.

If you chose (d), you're right. Salt is one of the most dangerous ingredients in our food.

It's no secret that a high-sodium diet raises blood pressure, which in turn can cause heart attacks and strokes. But new studies show that salt is even more dangerous than we thought: Eating too much has been linked to osteoporosis, dementia, cancer, and other serious health problems. It can also add inches to your waist.

Based on this research, the US government is revisiting its sodium guidelines. The new thinking: Adults should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day (two-thirds of a teaspoon), down from the previous limit of less than 2,300 mg.

Read the rest of this article here.

There is actually a guy on YouTube who calls himself the "Salt Guru." (Of course there is.) Here's his take on salt and our health. To sum up, he's not in agreement with this latest news.

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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