I’ll bet the mainstream’s scratching their collective heads over this one.
A major, eight-year-long European study on salt consumption found that sodium is… wait for it… NOT bad for your health.
And that’s not all. The researchers also concluded that not only isn’t it bad for you but also may have some actual health benefits.
In the study, 3,681 healthy middle-aged volunteers (people with no high blood pressure or heart disease) were divided into three groups based on their overall salt consumption… low, moderate, or high.
And take a guess as to which group had the highest number of deaths at the end of the eight-year study.
Did you guess the low-salt group? If so, congratulations are in order. You win the independent-thinking prize!
There were MORE deaths in the low salt group
Yes, contrary to what mainstream medicine has led us to believe would happen, it was the low-salt group that suffered the most deaths.
In fact, it turns out that the low-salt group was 56 percent MORE likely to suffer from heart disease.
- 50 deaths in the low-salt group
- 24 deaths in the moderate-salt group
- 10 deaths in the high-salt group
So the European researchers were forced to conclude that the less salt you eat the more likely you are to die from heart disease.
Of course, this isn’t the first time the connection between salt and high blood pressure has been questioned.
There are many salt supporters out there shouting it out from the rooftops. In fact, some are even regular contributors here at HealthierTalk.com.
Many credible researchers had stepped forward over the years to say that not all salt is the same. To truly know the impact of salt on the human body we also need to look at naturally harvested unrefined salts that are laced with minerals that can help counteract any tendency towards raising blood pressure. And that can also certainly have a positive effect on their own.
Plus, not everyone is salt sensitive to begin with.
But another solid study like this one—published in the Journal of the American Medical Association—lends even more fuel to the argument against salt as the enemy. (Noot to mention providing you with a get-out-of- jail-free card for the next time your spouse starts yelling at you for putting too much salt on your steak.)
We do know that high blood pressure is bad for your heart. It raises your risks for heart disease, stroke, and early death.
But somewhere along the line, the assumption that eating salt will always raise your blood pressure was born—and somehow it stuck.
Oh boy, did it stick!
Salt high blood pressure in question
Despite the growing pile of evidence against salt’s being a villain, the mainstream has clung doggedly to the “salt-leads-to-hypertension” mantra like a drowning man clings to a life ring.
Instead of admitting that there’s no hard evidence showing that this is a fact across the board—or that it perhaps may apply to only a certain small segment of salt-sensitive individuals—mainstream institutions like The American Heart Association and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention still insist that high sodium increases your risk for heart disease.
Perhaps studies like this one will finally force them to reassess their negative messages about salt.
On second thought…who am I kidding? That’s about as likely as a blizzard in July.
So while you are waiting for that unlikely event you might want to take the “salt-causes-high-blood-pressure” argument with a few healthy sprinkles of unrefined sea salt.
“Fatal and nonfatal outcomes, incidence of hypertension, and blood pressure changes in relation to urinary sodium excretion,” JAMA. 2011 May 4;305(17):1777-85.
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