The Uneasy Case Against Salt

John Tierney sifts through the science and the folklore about low-sodium diets:

New York mayor….. Michael Bloomberg…..  is starting a "nationwide initiative" to pressure the food industry and restaurant chains to cut salt intake by half over the next decade…..The health department's Web site announces, "that action will lower health care costs and prevent 150,000 premature deaths every year."

But that prediction is based on an estimate based on extrapolations based on assumptions that have yet to be demonstrated despite a half-century of efforts. No one knows how people would react to less-salty food, much less what would happen to their health.

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  1. Larry C. says:

    Very interesting. Now that you bring it up, pass the salt.

  2. Tom H. says:

    Here I have been denying myself the pleasures (or at least some of the pleasures) of this spice for all thes many years — all under false pretenses.

  3. Stephen C. says:

    The issue is not whether salt is good for you or bad for you. The issue is whether you should have to ask Mayor Bloomberg’s permission before you partake.

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