For decades, Americans have been bombarded with news that fat, cholesterol and salt were bad for them and can lead to health problems ranging from heart disease to obesity. But in recent months, we’ve learned that what we’ve been told about fat and cholesterol is wrong.
But now, there’s recent science that say that the U.S. government’s recommendations when it comes to salt aren’t based on sound scientific evidence, and could actually pose a health risk to those who strictly follow them.
“There is no longer any valid basis for the current salt guidelines,” Andrew Mente, a professor at McMaster University in Ontario and one of the researchers on a study published last year in the New England Journal of Medicine, told the Washington Post.
“So why are we still scaring people about salt?” he says.
Suzanne Oparil, a former president of the American Heart Association and current professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, says, “The current [salt] guidelines are based on almost nothing…Some people really want to hang onto this belief system on salt. But they are ignoring the evidence.”
Confused? You’re probably not the only ones. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) were wrong about fat, cholesterol and now salt. When will the DGAC learn not to target one nutrient as the solution to solving America’s health challenges?
We at Sip & Savor believe that all dietary recommendations should be based on sound science. For more facts, check out LetsClearItUp.org, which has a range of facts based on cited science from researchers and government authorities.