Salt is an important ingredient in your good health. In fact, no electrolyte is more essential to human survival than salt.

The sodium you get from salt is what allows nerves to send and receive electrical impulses. It is what makes your muscles stay strong. It’s what makes your brain work. It’s actually what makes every cell in your body function.

The body of evidence in favor of salt is strong, too.

Studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association show that people with the highest sodium intake have the longest lives.

The American Journal of Hypertension agrees. They say there is no strong evidence that cutting salt intake reduced the risk of heart attacks or strokes. In fact, reducing salt to levels recommended by the U.S. government can cause harm and decrease life expectancy.

Even Scientific American has called for an end to the war on salt, saying that the drive to limit our salt intake has little basis in science.

Just something to think about. And not something to be taken with a grain of salt.

 

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