Scientists Remain Confused About How Much Salt Is Healthy
According to ABC News, a new report released by the Institute of Medicine recently concluded that although scientists know high levels of sodium are bad, levels that are too low may be bad, too. How low is too low? They’re not exactly sure, but you should eat less… probably.
"We're not saying we shouldn't be lowering excessive salt intake," said Dr. Brian Strom of the University of Pennsylvania, who led the IOM committee, but “there is simply a lack of data that shows it is beneficial."
Okay, so what they’re saying is that lowering your salt intake is definitely a good idea, but may not benefit you at all. Right, because that’s not confusing.
According to theCenter for Disease Control, the recommended adequate intake level of sodium is 1,500 mg. The tolerable upper intake level (they say you shouldn’t consume more than this or you’ll be more at risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke) is 2,300 mg, and the average consumption of sodium for people age 2 and above is 3,436 mg. Yikes!
One of the biggest reasons for all the confusion is that this report examined past studies, many of which Dr. Elliott Antman, a cardiologist at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, said had serious quality problems. For example, some studies included patients who were too sick for diet to matter.
Forgive us for saying, but this whole process sounds a bit sloppy. Why were these studies even published with such glaring issues? We’re sure committees like that at the IOM compile groups of studies for examination all the time for such purposes, so the fact that these issues are even occurring is quite embarrassing, wouldn’t you agree?