Today I read an interesting article reviewing a study published by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) that looked at participants consuming a low salt (sodium) diet. The study suggests that a low salt diet DOES NOT provide cardiovascular benefit. It might actually be detrimental. The low salt diet advised for years is actually being refuted! (Whoa!)
You can read the article here: Health Benefits of Salt Restrictive Diet Refuted
Talk about confusing to the public!
Not to us, of course… maybe you read my post a little while back about the benefits of natural salt in the diet.
But, none the less, if I didn’t know what I know, I’d be confused over this new study. What’s a person to do? Which scientist is telling us the whole truth? Which outcomes have been skewed to keep old doctrines in place?
I’m sure this research will be countered by new research saying the opposite before we know it. That is the way with our science and media today.
To keep it simple… the last paragraph of the article offers the most steadfast advice when it comes to heart health (well, they almost get it right if you skip the “low fat dairy food” bit*):
Besides monitoring salt intake, there are other ways to lower blood pressure without medication. Eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, consuming only low-fat dairy foods, and avoiding animal fats, sweets, and sugary beverages can go a long way in keeping blood pressure in check. In addition, getting a sufficient amount of exercise can keep you on a healthy path.
(*”Low fat” anything is pumped full of extra sugar and artificial flavours to compensate for nasty taste of the food once the fat is removed/reduced. Remember fat = flavour. Dairy has also been under the microscope… does it impact cardiovascular health? That all depends. It depends on how much is eaten, plus the quality of dairy eaten, plus the state of physiology & overall health of the individual.)
May the fourth be with you!