Super Seniors Fitness Solutions

Keys to Living Well, Feeling Great & Enjoying Life

11/13 Lies That Keep You Fat and Sick – Salt November 21, 2013

Filed under: Health,Nutrition — jax allen @ 8:30 am
Tags: , , , , , ,

11. Everyone Should be Cutting Back on Sodium

20131101-222331.jpg

The health authorities constantly tell us to reduce sodium in the diet in order to reduce blood pressure.

Whereas most people are eating about 3400 mg of sodium per day, we are usually advised to cut back to 1500-2300 mg per day (about 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of salt).

It is true that reducing sodium can cause mild reductions in blood pressure, especially in individuals who have elevated blood pressure to begin with (95).

But it’s important to keep in mind that elevated blood pressure itself doesn’t kill anyone directly. It is a risk factor, not necessarily a cause of disease.

Interestingly, many studies have examined whether sodium restriction has any effect on cardiovascular disease or the risk of death. These studies consistently found no effect… even in individuals with high blood pressure (96, 97, 98).

Other studies show that too little sodium can also be harmful, leading to adverse effects such as insulin resistance, elevated LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as an increased risk of death in type II diabetics (99, 100, 101).

Overall, there is no evidence that healthy people need to cut back on sodium.

Bottom Line: Despite sodium restriction being able to mildly reduce blood pressure, this does not lead to improved health outcomes.

Like this post. Please Follow my blog. Thanks. Jax

Reference links and to Read more: http://authoritynutrition.com/top-13-nutrition-lies-that-made-the-world-sick-and-fat/#ixzz2jLD51dK8

Advertisements
 

One Response to “11/13 Lies That Keep You Fat and Sick – Salt”

  1. Tony Says:

    Since, as you say, high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the three top killer of people in the U.S., perhaps telling people to cut back on sodium is not the most responsible counsel you can give. Especially to senior citizens.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s