Thanks to disastrous diets passed off as healthy on TV, and a constant copy and paste of some recommendations from doctors to extremes and passed off as universal laws, people are afraid of salt. This despite its importance for life, not just human, just like glucose. If you already knew that salt in the long term not only does not raise blood pressure and does not contribute to cellulite and the worsening of cardiovascular health, but that it is indeed an ally of metabolism (read this article on salt where previous studies are cited), now a new cohort study , based on a sample of over 2600 people whose salt consumption was monitored for 16 years,once again disputes the myth that salt raises the pressure in the long term. What does it mean in the long term?
That the consumption of salt does not cause one to become hypertensive over the years. That those who consumed less than the recommended daily allowances had hypertension just like those who ate twice as much salt. That people who fear hypertension should focus not on reducing salt, but on consuming foods with more potassium (which in turn regulates sodium in the blood), magnesium and calcium, while getting enough salt to have an optimal balance of these. minerals.
This is achieved by eating fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Already the Lancet a few years ago pointed out that people on a low-sodium diet had a greater risk of mortality from all causes, based on a study sample of over eleven thousand subjects. The optimal amount of sodium should be between 3 grams per day. Three grams of sodium are much more than a teaspoon of salt, and, even taking into account the amount of salt in food, it means being free to add salt to the pasta water, not having to worry about the salt in the bread, being able to season dishes with a pinch of salt without faults.
Those who use salt supplement, may be a little more than normal salt, because the sodium content is lower.
Experts from the AHA, American Heart Association, are not taking a step back, and they reply that the study is not sufficient to call for a revision of the current guidelines.