Wonder how this one will play out?

Consuming twice the maximum daily salt recommended by the NHS may be safe, a controversial new study has claimed.

A major review published in the Lancet suggests that salt is not as damaging to health as previously thought and that official campaigns should focus only on those consuming the most.

The NHS and World Health Organization say adults should not have more than a teaspoon of salt a day, because of the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

But the new study indicates that up to two and a half teaspoons of salt may be safe, and that more than this may still be acceptable as part of a broader healthy diet comprising lots of fruit and vegetables.

Given that the body normally self-regulates salt levels, that all sounds reasonable enough. But how are the prodnoses going to take it? And when will they reverse the insistence that everything must below salt?

19 comments on “Wonder how this one will play out?

  1. I spent last week in hospital.

    On leaving, I was presented with some tablets to take.

    G. “What are these?”
    N. “They are sodium tablets. The doctors say your sodium levels are too low.”
    G. “They’re salt tablets!”
    N. “No, they are sodium chloride!”

  2. And the public funded scientist who spearheaded the anti salt campaign has moved on to what? One guess, no googling;

    a) helping old people cross the road?
    b) working on a cure for malaria?
    c) campaigning against sugar?

  3. However much I believe salt is harmless or possibly beneficial, I do not trust the Lancet not to have an agenda. It’s a political publication.

  4. The Five a Day diet plan. Eat your fill of:

    1. Salt
    2. Grease
    3. Sugar
    4. Reconstituted meat
    5. Chewing tobacco

    Add vitamin supplements:

    1. Crack cocaine
    2. Heroin
    3. PCP
    4. Moondust

    Your exercise plan:

    Watch telly for at least 5 hours a day.

    This will be recommended in 2019. Indeed, the Lancet paper is already in draft form.

  5. During the recent heatwave I thought I might buy some isotonic drinks to help me cope, but I couldn’t find any in the supermarkets I tried.

    I’m guessing that because these drinks contain salt and sugar that the supermarkets have been nudged to stop stocking them by our benevolent government who are happy to see us die of heatstroke and dehydration rather than risk the possibility that we might suffer a heart attack in the future or maybe become a bit chubby.

  6. Before my recent operation I had blood and pressure tests. I briefly passed out under the cuff, afterwards the nurse told me to go to the hospital dining room and have a Full English breakfast to build my strength up.

  7. When I was younger, salt tablets were ubiquitous. Taking them was standard practice in certain circumstances.

    To counter some medical issues I had about 5 years ago, I decided to start taking them. To my surprise, nobody sold them. I couldn’t get any.

    One pharmacy said they did have them in the back, but they wouldn’t sell them to me without a note from a doctor. In effect, a prescription.

    So I just got salt out of the Morton can. Seriously, they wouldn’t sell me what I had POUNDS of at home. What EVERYONE has pounds of at home.

  8. If I feel salt-deficient and don’t want to stir up some dioralyte I just have a bag of crisps. 🙂

  9. @ Kevin B
    Try Amazon or ebay.
    For the last year I’ve had to ask my wife to use her Amazon or ebay accounts to buy me “Powerade” (that’s Coca-Cola’s imitation of Gatorade).

  10. @ Gamecock
    I can buy cooking salt in most supermarkets (this side of the pond). That’s better than “Table salt” which tends to have a coating so that it does not dissolve in water from the atmosphere.
    But, seriously, Gatorade is probably a good option for most people: if you have a specific medical condition your doctor (“physician”) should tell exactly what you need.

  11. @Kevin B:

    During the recent heatwave I thought I might buy some isotonic drinks to help me cope, but I couldn’t find any in the supermarkets I tried.

    I make my own electrolyte solution nowadays by mixing 30ml of concentrated lemon juice, 3 grams of pure salt (sodium chloride) and 7 grams of food grade potassium chloride* in 1 litre of cold tap water.

    The level of potassium chloride is a bit high for most people, but its something I am perpetually low in (hypokalemia).

    * – I bought 1 KG of food grade potassium chloride off eBay for £9.99

  12. A good isotonic that I grew up on is Doogh. It’s a Iranian drink made of diluted yogurt and and salt and flavouring such as mint

  13. “And when will they reverse the insistence that everything must below salt?”

    It’s the insistence that they should be above the salt I think that’s the problem.

    [gets coat]

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