We live in a world absolutely PLASTERED with warning labels. And let’s face it, many of them are downright ridiculous.
Take-out coffee cups now say: “CAUTION: CONTENTS MAY BE HOT.”
Well, no kidding!
I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of whack-a-doodle examples for yourself. For example, jars of nuts that warn “MAY CONTAIN NUTS” (gee, I hope so). Or those quick-start fireplace logs that warn of “FIRE RISK” (isn’t that the point???).
But this nonsense isn’t getting any better. In fact, if the label police have their way, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.
The next dumb warning could be staring you right in the face any time you try to enjoy your food.
The new warning label you should ignore
A group of supposed experts is urging the health authorities to put warnings on salt labels. You know, just like the ones we have for cigarettes.
The World Hypertension League (yes, it’s a real thing, believe it or not) wants to cover your salt shakers in labels warning salt can cause hypertension and stomach cancer.
Of course, this completely misses the point. Because the problem with salt ISN’T anything you’ll get out of a shaker, with or without a label.
It’s all the JUNK sodium that’s dumped into processed foods, including packaged meals, canned goods, frozen foods, lunch meats, take-out, fast food meals, and chain restaurant fare.
In fact, if you’re even using a shaker at all, it’s a sure sign you’re doing it right. Because it’s a sign that your food is pretty low in salt to start with and needs a dash to make those flavors sing.
That small sprinkle on your meals ISN’T going to boost your blood pressure. And it’s NOT going to raise your heart risk.
But the FEAR of salt sure can.
A LOW salt diet could HARM your health
Various studies over the years have found that a diet too LOW in salt can increase your risk of…
- Death from heart problems by up to 500 percent
- Death from ANY cause by 21 percent
- Spinal fractures by 61 percent
Going low-salt has even been shown to increase the risk of anxiety, nervousness, muscle cramps, and more.
This isn’t a license to IGNORE salt, of course.
But I point it out as a reminder that sodium is ESSENTIAL. Remember, that just as bad things can happen if you get too much salt, you also face risks if you get too little.
A skull and crossbones staring back at you from the salt shaker, with a “surgeon general’s warning,” treating salt like cigarettes, will only cause the kind of fear that can lead to dangerously low salt levels and higher risks.
And older adults are at an even higher risk for low blood sodium.
So don’t fear the salt, and don’t let any warnings scare you away from adding a dash to your favorite dishes.
Just avoid all those processed and packaged foods that are drowning in junk salt. Cook your own meals from scratch instead.
Add some delicious, mineral-rich Himalayan or sea salt to taste at the end, and you’ll pretty much always get the “right” amount. No warning labels needed.
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