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Here we go again: Reducing Salt is Actually bad for you!


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I am getting tired of these ever more contradicting and confusing studies...

I don't even know if I will even follow this study, as much as I love salt.


Cutting back on salt intake could prove more harmful than beneficial, as scientists have discovered that reducing dietary salt may increase the risk of high cholesterol and heart disease.

The NHS currently recommends no more than 6g of salt per day (the equivalent of a teaspoon) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) regularly backs campaigns that encourage people to reduce their salt intake, both linking high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases to a salt-packed diet.

However, Danish scientists have discovered that although cutting back on salt lowers blood pressure it also increases cholesterol levels by up to 2.5% and fatty lipids in the blood (triglycerides) by up to 7%.

Researchers found that on top of increased risks of cholesterol, which ultimately increases the risk of heart disease, lack of dietary salt also caused kidneys to produce more enzymes and hormones that regulate the body's salt levels. This means that the body ends up retaining more salt as a result.

The study by Copenhagen University looked into how strong the connections were between salt intake and high blood pressure and heart health by reviewing 167 salt studies.

"In my opinion, people should generally not worry about their salt intake," says Dr. Niels Graudal from the study.

However, eating salt always causes a divided opinion among health experts, raising the question of, 'How much is too much?'

"Most people have over the 6g salt recommendation a day. In the UK, the average man consumes around 11g of salt and the average woman has around 8g of salt per day," Dr Jacquie Lavin, Head of Nutrition and Research at Slimming World told Huffington Post.

"Around three quarters of our salt intake comes from processed food, as salt is used to add flavour and as a preservative. Following healthy eating that encourages you to cook from scratch helps you stay in control of how much salt you are eating as you can choose how much you use. You can also experiment with other herbs and spices to find other ways of adding flavour to your food so that you don't rely too heavily on salt.

"If you're worried about the salt content in pre-packaged foods, use food labels to check for the salt content. Anything more than 1.25g of salt per 100g is considered a lot of salt.

"Some food products will list the sodium content on their food packaging, but not the overall salt content. To get the salt content per 100g of these foods you can multiply the sodium content by 2.5. A sodium content of more than 0.5g is considered a lot of salt," explains Dr. Lavin.

While reducing your salt intake too much could lead to increased cholesterol, there is no doubt that an excess of salt is detrimental, too. Find out more about the hidden salt traps lurking in 'healthy' food and snacks to open your eyes to your daily salt consumption.



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I really feel sorry for you yanks we have it bad here as well but nothing like you guys.
When it comes to nutrition there is so much confusion out there you don?t know who to believe, dieticians, doctors, so called "experts" Ashoor the best thing to do is to research yourself.
download these two docos on food

Fat head & Food inc.To my knowledge the salt you get from your local supermarket is not good for you, eg the white one which is bleached and processed. Salt is not meant to look white like that, all the natural minerals that your body needs is taken out.

For those people living in Australia there are three types of salts that is good for you and recommended to add to either the water you drink or cooking.

Salt of the earth
pink salt from the himalayas
or the pink murry salt.

But as always everything in moderation if you have too much of this ?good? salt you will have health issues.