Salt Has Been Demonized – Is it as Bad as They Say?

In terms of numbers, here is the crux of the debate range for both sides:

If the U.S. salt warnings are correct, Americans are indeed endangering themselves on a massive scale. Americans typically go way over the limit, ingesting about 3,500 milligrams per day.

If the skeptics are correct, on the other hand, most Americans are fine. In their view, a typical healthy person can consume as much as 6,000 milligrams per day without significantly raising health risks.  But consuming too little – somewhere below 3,000 milligrams – also raises health risks, they say.

Somewhat related, most cardiologists for a while have been shouting of the dangers of cholesterol.  In actuality many now believe it is the excess sugars and simple carbohydrates that contributed to way more heart disease.  Who knows for sure but sometimes the “experts” aren’t always right.  Feel free to comment below as the opinions on this one are likely to be strong on both sides.

thanks to Peter Whoriskey of The Washington Post for a great write-up