Let me go over this one more time, the matter has been stirred up by the salt fanatics who just have to be telling people how to eat.
I will review the research and how it got so screwed up.
It is true that salt intake has to be monitored and limited in people who kidney disease and congestive heart failure.
Since it is right in the sweet spot for fetishists, they have promoted the idea that if limited salt intake is good for those two groups, it must generally good. They promoted the idea that excess salt intake caused hypertension–not true.
They cherry picked a couple of studies that showed that some groups of individuals studies with good blood pressures had very low salt intake, int eh range of 1.5 gm per day–but they ignored the world-wide studies that showed that the usual healthy population of the world had salt intakes around 2.5 to 3 gm per day.
The latest recommendations from the silly US agencies is a way too low 1.5 gm–that’s why mooochelle’s lunch program is so insipid, for example. However understand this, professional dietitians, who really don’t have very good science to work with, like to have rules–and in their obsessive compulsive world salt is an easy target–easy to scare people who may know someone who was on salt restriction for a medical condition. Lay people don’t realize that we are predominately an organism bathed in a salt solution. My first resuscitation fluid for someone who needs circulating volume is sodium chloride water with 145 milliequivalents of sodium chloride (NaCl). That’s salt.
This study that associates salt intake with obesity would have been easy to predict–anybody who eats too much who is normal will have a higher salt intake–and this is like a really stupid chicken egg thing.
Does a higher salt intake cause obesity or a higher food intake mean a higher salt intake? Huh?
Final thought–you eat too much salt–guess what, your kidneys are smart, they lose it. In fact the goofy water sippers are asking for trouble drinking too much water without electrolytes. Luckily he liver and kidneys can handle even orthorexia nervosa most of the time.