How I Taught My Brother To Cook

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I am a fan of salt - not "saltiness". I tell my grandchildren that salt is necessary and good for you. We are composed mainly of salt water.

In a new study, lower intake of sodium can lead to increased risk of death, stroke, and heart disease - maybe even diabetes.

“If the goal is to prevent hypertension” with lower sodium consumption, said the lead author, Dr. Jan A. Staessen, a professor of medicine at the University of Leuven, in Belgium, “this study shows it does not work.”    

Of course many people disagree with this study, and like all "studies"  can be flawed, or just plain wrong. But as one person quoted in the article says, “Diet is a complicated business,”. 

I think we all agree that processed foods in general are bad - because they add too much sugar and salt for taste and preservatives. But read the whole article, and simply add its findings to what you already think you know about salt.

The lesson is, in a nutshell, trust your gut - not the "experts".

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Comment by Patrick on May 4, 2011 at 1:43pm

I use salt sparingly. I do not go out of my way to avoid it. I guess I am middle of the road....don't avoid it and don't ladle it on my food. But some things just don't work unless you have it like our (coarse sea)salt rolls.


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