Friday, May 16, 2008

COUNTERINTUITIVE NEWS: LOW SALT DIETS ASSOCIATED WITH HEART DISEASE

High-salt diets may not increase the risk of death, contrary to long-held medical beliefs, according to investigators from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. They reached their conclusion after examining dietary intake among a nationally representative sample of adults in the U.S. The Einstein researchers actually observed a significantly increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease associated with lower sodium diets. . .

After adjusting for known CVD risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes and blood pressure, the one-fourth of the sample who reported consuming the lowest amount of sodium were found to be 80% more likely to die from CVD compared to the one-fourth of the sample consuming the highest level of sodium. The risk for death from any cause appeared 24% greater for those consuming lower salt, but this latter difference was not quite large enough to dismiss the role of chance.

1 Comments:

At May 17, 2008 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One problem with salt in the diet is that what most people consume today is refined salt. Refined salt is like white sugar or white flour. All the nutrition has been stripped from the product.

Natural unrefined sea salt is an entirely different expeirence. I find it doesn't have the bitterness of refined salt, and it has many trace sea minerals, which provide valuble nutirants, and salt in general aids digestion.

My blood pressure has gone down considerably since I changed from refined to unrefined salt, even though my salt consumption has gone up.

 

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