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(Medical News Today)   Feel like seeing your doctor more often? Try adding a pinch of salt to your favorite meal   (medicalnewstoday.com) divider line 35
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2014-08-14 01:53:15 PM  
Add salt to your beer and sugar that bacon, mister!
 
2014-08-14 02:06:05 PM  
 
2014-08-14 02:06:41 PM  
I think companies deliberately make low-sodium food taste like distorted versions of the real thing. It's not like "Oh, I can add salt and it will taste normal," it's "Why does this chicken noodle soup have a weird, greasy taste?"
 
2014-08-14 02:16:40 PM  
"However," says Dr. Mozaffarian, "the effects of excess sodium intake on cardiovascular diseases globally by age, sex, and nation had not been well established."
 
2014-08-14 02:21:15 PM  
Salt is only harmful if you take excess amounts AND have a preexisting kidney or heart condition.
 
2014-08-14 02:50:33 PM  
There's an editorial in that same issue of the NEJM basically saying that this article had a flawed approach with too many assumptions. And there were two other articles saying different things about salt and health. For one, reducing salt intake seems to have no impact on health at all. Also, people who eat high salt diets tend to have crappy diets in general and probably other poor health habits.

So basically this means nothing to most people, unless you have a history of heart disease in your family.
 
2014-08-14 03:50:11 PM  
You're going to die of something. Cut back on the sugar and carbs, which we know lead to obesity and diabetes, and use enough salt to make your veggies and meat taste good.
 
2014-08-14 03:54:00 PM  
Yep...nothing fattens a doc's wallet like a good old fashioned case of high blood pressure.
 
2014-08-14 03:56:08 PM  

reported: And here's an article from yesterday which says the opposite.


No, it doesn't. That article just says if you're healthy, not old and don't already eat a ridiculous amount of sodium it might be okay to consume beyond the recommendation. That doesn't contradict this article at all.

Furthermore, I don't think it's very wise to say to someone in their 40s "okay, well, you can probably go ahead and start eating 4 or 5 grams a day" when you're going to turn around and say "oh, break that habit, it's not good for you" once they hit their 60s and it becomes more of a concern.
 
2014-08-14 03:58:57 PM  
You can have my salt when you pry it from my cold, dead, tasty hands
 
2014-08-14 03:59:06 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Add salt to your beer and sugar that bacon, mister!


I prefer to butter my bacon, then bacon my sausage.
 
2014-08-14 04:00:21 PM  
I eat enough salt to sandblast the cholesterol out of my veins and arteries, so I'm getting a kick out of this article...

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2014-08-14 04:00:56 PM  
There is a guy I work with that puts salt on everything. He keeps a salt shaker in his desk drawer. He dusts everything he eats with a thick layer, even cold pizza and canned soup. I can't image he can actually taste anything.

Why yes, he is fat.
 
2014-08-14 04:03:33 PM  

Snarfangel: I think companies deliberately make low-sodium food taste like distorted versions of the real thing. It's not like "Oh, I can add salt and it will taste normal," it's "Why does this chicken noodle soup have a weird, greasy taste?"


I think you're reversing the problem.  The food is crap to begin with, and with low salt content you can actually taste how terrible it is. The higher salt content - the one originally marketed - covers up the terrible quality with excess salt.

Added sugar often does the same thing.
 
2014-08-14 04:04:50 PM  

max_pooper: There is a guy I work with that puts salt on everything. He keeps a salt shaker in his desk drawer. He dusts everything he eats with a thick layer, even cold pizza and canned soup. I can't image he can actually taste anything.

Why yes, he is fat.


That's amazing. Just about everything you buy is so salty already. I don't even have salt and pepper shakers in the house. I cannot remember the last time I added salt to anything.
 
2014-08-14 04:05:06 PM  
You know what is going to kill you for sure?

Time. Everything else is just seasoning.
 
2014-08-14 04:10:36 PM  
So, ten percent of the people who have heart disease eat more than the RDA for sodium. Considering how easy it is to go over two grams, in a single meal (if you eat fast food), I think this proves that salt is healthy and the RDA is low
 
2014-08-14 04:36:09 PM  

Repo Man: Just about everything you buy is so salty already.


Well, the  processed and pre-prepared foods you buy are already oversalted. If every recipe you eat is "microwave on high for 2-5 minutes", then yeah, you're going to be having too much salt. I add salt to  everything,because nothing I'm cooking starts with salt in it.
 
2014-08-14 04:42:00 PM  
Salt makes bland things more palatable. If I'm cooking anything or eating pizza, it's entirely necessary. If I'm eating out (aside from pizza), not so much.
 
2014-08-14 04:47:34 PM  
Salt is fine as long as you have enough potassium and magnesium in your diet.
 
2014-08-14 04:48:55 PM  

t3knomanser: Repo Man: Just about everything you buy is so salty already.

Well, the  processed and pre-prepared foods you buy are already oversalted. If every recipe you eat is "microwave on high for 2-5 minutes", then yeah, you're going to be having too much salt. I add salt to  everything,because nothing I'm cooking starts with salt in it.


Artichokes, beets, carrots, seaweed, turnips, beet greens, celery sweet potatoes, spinach and chard are all  high in sodium naturally.  So you might be eating more salt than you realize.
 
2014-08-14 05:08:46 PM  

t3knomanser: Repo Man: Just about everything you buy is so salty already.

Well, the  processed and pre-prepared foods you buy are already oversalted. If every recipe you eat is "microwave on high for 2-5 minutes", then yeah, you're going to be having too much salt. I add salt to  everything,because nothing I'm cooking starts with salt in it.


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2014-08-14 05:15:29 PM  
Salt can be addictive in the sense that people become acclimated to a general level and need more salt for things to have the proper level of saltiness.

I eat a lot of home cooked meals and feel salt should be added only at the table if needed - for my taste I mainly salt stuff high in fat and starch such as french fries. Things like acid (citrus, vinegar) and hot pepper are alternative ways of perking up food.

I occasionally find some restaurant dishes too salty to eat, and many processed foods that I've learned to avoid. It is hard to figure out how salty food is from reading a lable however one trick is to compare DV carbs% against DV sodium% but I only do this when I think there is an issue - I recently bought a jar of Salsa Verde that I found too sweet and way too salty. Checking the label I found added corn syrup and even with these extra carbs one "serving" (2 tbsp) gives 1% carbs and 9% sodium. 2 tbsp is hardly enough for a serving of chips & salsa, and most people eat pretty salty chips which would really cause a sodium blowout.
 
2014-08-14 05:15:55 PM  

Repo Man: I cannot remember the last time I added salt to anything.


For real though?  Does everything you eat come out of a box and go in the microwave?
 
2014-08-14 05:22:36 PM  

serial arseonist: Repo Man: I cannot remember the last time I added salt to anything.

For real though?  Does everything you eat come out of a box and go in the microwave?


As an appliance repairman, people would often tell me that "You don't realize how much you use your microwave until it stops working!" I would reply, "You don't have to tell me - I'm a bachelor, I'd starve to death without mine."

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2014-08-14 05:35:11 PM  
Salt is the greatest seasoning there is. Now, if all you eat is processed or fast food, no, you likely don't need to add salt. But if you cook, salt is essential.
 
2014-08-14 05:36:07 PM  
Once I quit smoking and took up cooking, my sodium intake dropped like a rock. When you avoid processed foods that taste like ass and season properly as part of proper cooking, very little salt is actually needed.

My blood pressure is still a teeny bit high, but that's just because I drink a LOT of beer. My doctor loves my visits :)
 
2014-08-14 05:53:24 PM  
I almost never go to the doctor.

I had my first checkup in ten years just 2 days ago. As I already knew, I'm borderline hypertensive, borderline diabetic, borderline a lot of things. Hey, I'm 51.

She tried to get me on high-blood pressure meds, but I really don't want to. My heart-rate and pressure have been about this high since I was 18. This is normal for me.

"Then I want you to do two things. Low-sodium diet and take a supplement called Co-Q-10."

That's it?

"No, I want you on the real medications... but if you can just do those 2 easy things, I'll be ok with it."

She's cool like that.
 
2014-08-14 06:47:26 PM  

reported: And here's an article from yesterday which says the opposite.


Which was sponsored by "industry," among other things, but we are assured that "industry" had no influence on the methodology.

Next week:  Preservatives make you live longer.
 
2014-08-14 06:56:33 PM  
Sodium is an element that occurs naturally in most foods, such as table salt

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2014-08-14 07:17:52 PM  
I haven't added (additional) salt to my food since i was 10 years old.
Yes, i'm bragging... That fact is one of my most redeaming qualities.
 
2014-08-14 07:39:20 PM  

Kibbler: reported: And here's an article from yesterday which says the opposite.

Which was sponsored by "industry," among other things, but we are assured that "industry" had no influence on the methodology.

Next week:  Preservatives make you live longer.


Yes, I know that. I was doing some subtle trolling.

Such is the state of MSM dietary advice... X will kill you vs. X is neutral vs. X is good for you. (Where X can be eggs, coffee, salt, etc.)
 
2014-08-14 07:43:09 PM  

serial arseonist: For real though? Does everything you eat come out of a box and go in the microwave?


I have a box of Morton's salt in my cupboard that I'm pretty sure has been in more of my houses than my couch has.

Kibbler: Next week: Preservatives make you live longer.


They should market junk food that way. "Eat more preservatives, you'll stay around longer."
 
2014-08-15 01:49:39 AM  
I tend to shower my food with salt, so, uh, yeah, nice not really knowing you guys.
 
2014-08-15 12:07:49 PM  

reported: And here's an article from yesterday which says the opposite.


Guess what this probably means?  Just use it in moderati....ahh FARK IT, this is the internet durn it!.  Salt breaks down the protective layer in my foil hat and makes the vaccines turn my brains into goop and the glaciers melt.  Jesus loves you!  Circumcision leads to poor tipping at restaurants and teachers get paid too much.  Eggs are bad.  Salt is bad.  Your favorite band is bad.  Bacon and Snob beer is GOOD.  Video games kill people.  Guns are deforesting the rain forest.  There is a hole in the ozone because you don't eat enough paleo, except no meat because that causes autism.

Phew.  Did I miss something?
 
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