New Study Suggests Low-Salt Diets are Dangerous, Fast Food Companies Rejoice - Health - Diseases and Conditions

If you can’t seem to shake your addiction to salty fast foods, you may have a reason to feel less guilty about your habit. A recent study was concluded after nearly a decade of testing, suggesting that a low-salt diet can actually increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

The study itself featured over 3,600 European subjects, all in their 40s, from countries all over the continent (as well as some from Russia) and found that the demographic that ingested the lowest levels of salt counter intuitively had the highest death rate due to cardiovascular disease. The amount of salt intake was measured by the amount excreted in their urine, which is apparently the most accurate method of measurement besides measuring it prior to ingestion. The top 33% of the subjects on the sodium ingestion scale (at approximately 6 grams of salt per day) suffered only 10 deaths over the 8 years that the study lasted, with the median group experiencing 24 deaths (at 4 grams of salt per day). Shockingly, the lowest demographic, that had roughly 3 grams a day, suffered 50 cardiovascular related deaths.

Not surprisingly, proponents of salt are ecstatic about the new findings. Lori Roman, President of the Salt Institute, which apparently exists, said that “the evidence continues to mount that reducing sodium can cause great harm, and that salt reduction as a strategy to reduce blood pressure is not the best choice.a€? Government officials in the US recommend a maximum of 2,300 grams of salt per day, which is dangerously low, according to the Salt Institute, which insists that between a€?2,500 and 4,500 milligrams of salt a day is very normal and natural.” They also advocate elevated uses of salt as a means of moderating insulin, which can lead to the buildup of a resistance if there is enough of a deficit, leading to hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

However, thata€™s about as far as the amount of love for this test goes. The government as well as doctors all over the world are refuting the study, claiming that it has too many flaws, such as not enough test subjects and some of the subjects who died being heavy smokers. They also believed that the subjects were too young, with the mean age at the time the test began being 40 years old.

Regardless of which side youa€™re on, both sides agree that a 5%€?”>lowering of one’s body fat percentage can considerably reduce your risk of heart disease, which many argue is a much better method of curbing your risk of heart disease than altering your sodium intake. So, what do you think? Is the CDC and the rest of those opposed to these results reactionaries merely trying to preserve their status quo, or is this the beginning of a paradigm shift in medicine?