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July 11, 2013

CDC: Turns Out There's No Benefit to Reducing Salt At All

The only people I can think of who have a wider gap between Asserted Expertise and Actual Expertise than the media are nutritionists.

I don't think this applies to people specifically diagnosed with hypertension or other salt-sensitive conditions, but for most of us:

A recent report commissioned by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reviewed the health benefits of reducing salt intake and the take-home message is that salt, in the quantities consumed by most Americans, is no longer considered a substantial health hazard. What the CDC study reported explicitly is that there is no benefit, and may be a danger, from reducing our salt intake below 1 tsp per day. What was absent about the report was is the difference between healthy mineral salts and iodized table salt.

It may be that were better off with more salt than less, up to 2 or even 3 tsp per day. How did it happen that such standard medical advice drifted astray, then went un-corrected for so long?

Because arrogant, controlling people, who really should just be kindergarten teachers, have a certain way they live their lives, or a way they think you should live your life, and they gloss over things like actual science in order to reach the conclusion that you should Do What They Want You To Do.

Via Instapundit.


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