Should you avoid salt?

Doubt about the damaging effects of salt has been cast by the occasional headline-making study, but the majority of studies have reported increased blood pressure and cardiovascular risk associated with high sodium intake.



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Michael Crosby - November 11, 2013 3:06 PM

I've been vegan for ~20 years, with border line high blood pressure that whole time.

It wasn't till a month ago after reading this that I lowered my daily salt intake to ~500mg/day. Within a week it dropped from 135/85 to ~115 and as low as 105/65.

The nice thing about eating low salt is that I could see the results within a week. Even though I'm 6' @ 163 pounds, I lost 5 pounds of weight the first week to 158.

Tina - November 11, 2013 4:17 PM

How much salt is too much salt?

Theresa Anderson (NET) - November 11, 2013 8:42 PM

The long list of sources alone makes this an impressive article.
More news of how our toxic food environment is telling on us. Most of the food we face is totally unnatural! I am inspired by Dr. Joel Fuhrman to keep a constant vigil myself and read the labels. Knowledge is power and I thank Dr. Fuhrman for all the time he must spend reading and remembering and then sharing to bring us the nutritional wisdom we need. Salt is a hard one along with sugar and the wrong fats. Fight we must, our bodies will thank us with a long life and quality years....

Valerie - November 11, 2013 9:03 PM

You are missing the most important outcome: mortality.

John - November 12, 2013 3:06 AM

Thank you! Why are some people saying that we can eat a lot of salt? To get attention? I stopped adding salt to food around 1977, after I read a book: "Hypertension: the Silent Killer"? (maybe the correct title), by Lawrence Galton? (maybe the author's name),

Kath - November 12, 2013 8:49 PM

Can you please clarify if this is true of processed table salt only or sea salt, himalayan, as well? How about seaweed granules? Thanks.

Sharon Warden - November 13, 2013 8:15 PM

Watch my salt intake always because of high blood pressure. If I eat too much, my ankles bloat up, face too and I feel wretched!

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