Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shaking Up A Dietary Decree

It started out as a reasonable scientific hypothesis, but then the public health people got hold of it - and kept beating us with it, even after the evidence had shifted.
This week a meta-analysis of seven studies involving a total of 6,250 subjects in the American Journal of Hypertension found no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduces the risk for heart attacks, strokes or death in people with normal or high blood pressure.
Understandably, the scientists want more funding for studies to keep looking into the subject, because their results are still confusing.
But unless we have clear data, evangelical antisalt campaigns are not just based on shaky science; they are ultimately unfair.
The assault on foods that are salty
appears scientifically faulty.

Why was so much odium
heaped on cholride of sodium?

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