The idea that eating less salt can worsen health outcomes may sound bizarre, but it also has biological plausibility and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, too. A 1972 paper in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the less salt people ate, the higher their levels of a substance secreted by the kidneys, called renin, which set off a physiological cascade of events that seemed to end with an increased risk of heart disease. In this scenario: eat less salt, secrete more renin, get heart disease, die prematurely.
Taubes goes on to say that four new studies report that both healthy people and those with chronic health problems (Type 1 diabetics, Type 2 diabetics, and chronic heart failure) are more likely to have heart disease on a low-salt diet than those who eat in the normal range - that is, one and a half teaspoons of salt per day.
Read the full article and then come back and tell us: What do you think about this? Do you feel vindicated? Or are you still concerned?
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