How low can you go: New battle over salt intake
The nag-nag-nag over salt just won't stop.
First, the nags at the Centers for Disease Control began griping that EVERYONE is getting too much sodium -- way more than the 2,300 mg a day they claim most of us should get.
Next, the American Heart Association comes along. They claim 1,500 mg -- less than 2/3 of a teaspoon -- is the daily limit for practically everyone, and that's that.
So which nags should you listen to? How about none of the above -- because you could pull your own number out of a hat and it would be just as relevant as the ones they're throwing around.
There's pretty much no link between sodium intake, BP levels, and heart health anyway -- and recent studies confirm what I've been saying all along. One of them even found that seniors with the lowest sodium levels have the highest risk of death! (Read more about that.)
So quit worrying about sodium. Sure, it IS possible to get too much of this vital mineral -- but you won't come anywhere close to "too much" if you stick to a diet of fresh natural foods salted to taste.
And while you're at it, quit worrying about your BP, too -- because the targets on hypertension were designed to maximize the number of people who qualify for hypertension meds, not improve health.
If you're a little on the high side, it could just be how you're wired -- and if your levels suddenly spike, you need a doc who can figure out why it happened... not someone who's going to nag you to death about salt.