More doubt on the healthy level of salt, but the government seems to be holding the line. From The Washington Post, More scientists doubt salt is as bad for you as the government says
For years, the federal government has advised Americans that they are eating too much salt, and that this excess contributes yearly to the deaths of tens of thousands of people.
But unknown to many shoppers urged to buy foods that are “low-sodium” and “low-salt,” this longstanding warning has come under assault by scientists who say that typical American salt consumption is without risk.
Moreover, according to studies published in recent years by pillars of the medical community, the low levels of salt recommended by the government might actually be dangerous.
“There is no longer any valid basis for the current salt guidelines,” said Andrew Mente, a professor at McMaster University and one of the researchers of a major study published last year by the New England Journal of Medicine. “So why are we still scaring people about salt?”
The government seems to be holding the line on 2,300 mg/day based on “science.” The recommendations for African Americans and people over 50 are 1,500 mg/day. Really? That’s not for people with severe health problems but all of us in those groups? No wonder they have the comment that Americans tend to ignore the guidelines.
They also have a curious statement: An average person who reduces his or her salt intake from median levels to the U.S. recommended levels may see a drop in blood pressure from 120/80 to 118/79, according to American Heart Association figures. If you want that change, just take it again. Can the staff in my doctor’s office make that fine a distinction?