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SALT FIX: RIGHT WHITE STUFF FOR HEARTS, MINDS, SEX LIVES

By Marika Sboros

The next time your doctor or dietitian tells you to eat less salt, find another one – fast. Better still, buy a brave new book, The Salt Fix. In it, US cardiovascular research scientist Dr James DiNicolantonio shows how health experts have demonised the wrong white stuff for decades.

They have dished up dangerous lies about salt for your heart’s sake, or any other organ you care to mention. They allowed salt to “take the fall” for another, far more dangerous, addictive white crystal, he says.

That crystal is so sweet, you probably bought into the belief that it is benign. When consumed in excess, it can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. It is sugar, DiNicolantonio says.

His book’s subtitle speaks volumes about the right white stuff: Why The Experts Got It All Wrong, And Why Eating More Could Save Your Life. He shows why salt reduces your risk of premature death from heart attack or stroke. And why it protects your kidneys and fertility levels. It is as good for your brain as for your body. Salt improves your thinking and sexual performance. It boosts your energy levels and mental focus and ensures restful sleep. It also stops you getting fat.



Salt – should you take advice with hefty pinch?

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What’s all the fuss about salt in the diet?

IT’S a perennial debate: do you really need to eat less salt or is this just advice doctors and dietitians dish up because they’ve always done so. Should you heed it or take it  with a hefty pinch of salt? Here’s what experts say on both sides of a controversial scientific fence. 

By Marika Sboros

Are you eating too much salt? Heart foundations and dietitians’ associations globally say you are. It’s practically hardwired into society that this is what you should do if you are concerned about your heart.

Other experts – including scientists at Harvard Medical School and the World Health Organisation – say the same thing: you should eat less salt for your heart’s sake. They say a low-sodium diet protects your heart and blood vessels and ..