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Salt lovers, rejoice. July 13, 2013

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a research report that confirmed that eating 1 1/2 to 3 tablespoons of salt a day had no detrimental effect on health, and that eating less than 3000 milligrams of sodium a day could be injurious to health, causing insulin resistance and heart disease.

“The committee found no consistent evidence to support an association between sodium intake and either a beneficial or adverse effect on most health outcomes,” according to the report. It didn’t, apparently, address the fact that iodine-enriched salt is most people’s major source of this nutrient, which is necessary to prevent thyroid disease. Our friend Ben would call that a beneficial effect.

Folks with high blood pressure and/or heart disease should still make sure they don’t dump on or consume more than 7000 milligrams of sodium a day. (One teaspoon of salt equals 2400 mg of sodium. And remember that prepared foods and restaurant meals, including fast food, contain plenty of salt, since it improves the flavor of all foods, so don’t rely on your salt shaker to determine your intake.)

For the rest of us salt lovers, this is great news. Many of us (including yours truly) have been abused for years—often by total strangers!—for our “excessive” salt intake. Now we don’t have to take it, we can just shake it!

Plus, our friend Ben read this fascinating fact for those who enjoy alcoholic beverages: Apparently hangovers are caused by a combination of dehydration and sodium depletion. So if you’re drinking, bring on the salt, and make sure you alternate your beverage of choice with water or iced tea. (Maybe a margarita on the rocks with a salt rim is the ultimate solution, as long as you drink all the melted ice and lick off all the salt…)

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