Why the War on Salt Is Dangerous

 

Evidence shows having the correct potassium to sodium balance influences risk for hypertension and heart disease to a far greater extent than high sodium alone.

By Dr. Mercola

The theory that salt is bad for you and contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease is an idea that has become more or less cemented as dogma. Alas, the war on salt has had a number of drawbacks and unintended consequences.

For starters, evidence shows having the correct potassium to sodium balance influences your risk for hypertension and heart disease to a far greater extent than high sodium alone, and the Western diet tends to be lacking in potassium.

Moreover, when lowering salt in processed foods, many manufacturers took to adding monosodium glutamate (MSG) instead — a flavor enhancer associated with a number of health problems, including obesity, headaches, fatigue and depression.

Due to its ability to overexcite neurons, MSG may even raise your risk for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’sParkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease…

Finish reading: Why the War on Salt Is Dangerous






 

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