Salt – What we don’t know

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Salt – what we don’t know

Salt – what we are told AND not told

You are told salt is bad for you, right? Eating salt increases your blood pressure and cause hypertension. But what if that is just another nutrition lie?

Don’t every health institution, nutritionist and fitness website tell you to avoid Salt? In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says its worse than fats, sugar and alcohol! Fact is there is not enough science to back that up.

But the truth is the American Heart Association (AHA) found that if your salt intake is too low, it is bad and even dangerous if you exercise a lot.

Your body NEEDS salt to be healthy

A very low salt diet sets you up for:

– Increased insulin resistance
– Increased blood triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and stress hormones
– Increased risk of stroke and heart attack
– Increased arterial plaque formation
– Overtraining-like symptoms, including hypertension and sleeping disorders

For 99% of people, salt is not the enemy! 1% may have specific renal or kidney problems, or osteoporosis and should watch their salt intake.

The Truth About Salt

In 1972, the National Institutes of Health introduced the National High Blood Pressure Education Program to help prevent hypertension, but there were no meaningful experiments done yet.

Based on observation only it was noticed that certain people who ate very little salt had almost no hypertension. Fact is they also didn’t eat a lot of other things. Like sugar, for instance.

Other research was based on an animal lab tests. Rats were fed a lot of salt and got high blood pressure. The scientists gave them sixty times (almost TWO CUPS) the amount of salt any person would consume.

And based on those two very weak studies, the USDA and FDA declared: “Salt is bad for you!” But Jeremiah Stamler, a leading cardiologist admitted later, the data was “inconclusive and contradictory”.

Not just any salt

Not all salts are created equal. Do AVOID common refined salt (table salt), and use unrefined salt instead. Refined salt contains 99.7% sodium chloride, the rest being a bunch of added chemicals like ferrocyanide, fluoride and aluminosilicate, which you should NOT put in your food.

Pure unrefined salt contains about 92% sodium, the rest being essential trace minerals and other micronutrients.

Is your salt refined?

Most big brand salts you see in the store are refined.
What that means is;

• All their minerals and moisture is stripped away.
• Sulfuric acid and chlorine is used to bleach the salt white.
• Its made to be an impossibly high 99.7% “purity”.

They would make it 100% pure but that last .03% is for the anti-caking agents, to make table salt flow out of your saltshaker.

Real salt is moist, soft and tastes like the sea. Do look at AztecSeaSalt for the real McCoy.

Ref.: http://jointhe.saltrevolution.com/

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