Salt: better regulate fast before the panic subsides?

by Walter Olson on August 15, 2014

Even as the FDA prepares ambitious new rules pressuring food makers to reduce the amount of salt in their wares — recipe regulation, as we’ve called it — a new study questions whether most people in Western countries really need to cut salt after all. The study, led by Dr. Salim Yusuf of McMaster University, finds evidence consistent with sodium being a health risk for person with hypertension and those with the highest salt intake, but also suggests that most of the population is in the optimal zone for salt intake and that adding potassium-rich fruits and vegetables to the diet may be a superior way for many to fend off bad effects from sodium. The study ran jointly in the New England Journal of Medicine with a second which lays more emphasis on hazards of salt intake. [Yahoo News] More: Just One Minute, ACSH.

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1 Rogers turner 08.16.14 at 9:10 am

Well duh….Those studies were funded by ” big sodium”…

2 En Passant 08.16.14 at 8:27 pm

Why does the FDA hate true love?

Kate McGarrigle gave us the real story on salt back in the 1980s:

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