Former president of the World Heart Federation Professor Salim Yusuf is shocking the medical world with his conclusion that a too low salt intake is doing the opposite as many leading doctors so far warned for. A diet with a lack of salt may not prevent, but increase the risk of a heart attack !
With his statement he overturns the conventional wisdom on salt consumption. Eating too much salt was always seen as a serious health risk. Now the advice is to consume more salt than the maximum levels in the official medical guidelines.
The professor is not standing alone with his remarks. In a new report, published in the European Heart Journal there is also a pledge from other scientists not to exaggerate lowering salt levels in food.
Several scientists seriously warn for “potential dangers” of a low sodium diet. In the meanwhile there is an urgent call for more research into the effects of extremely low salt levels that have as they say “an uncertain effect on the development of heart diseases and death”
Studies now show amounts below 3 gram of sodium per day will increase mortality, the number of heart attacks and heart failure.
Professor Yusuf warned that it there is evidence reducing the daily salt intake to too low a level undermines the body’s natural balance.
But nutritionists emphasize that reducing salt consumption helps lower blood pressure, which contributes in the fight to reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
The salt upheaval comes after “the big fat cholesterol” lie earlier. It is determined that eating foods that contain cholesterol is not dangerous and doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels.
Despite it is misleading, commercials from Unilever encouraging to eat more low cholesterol products like Flora Pro Active are still going on. Nowadays we now better.
Too high cholesterol levels are merely caused by bad genes and in many cases a heritable shortcoming. And additionally, cholesterol is doing a lot of good in the human body. It is unmissable.