Take time and listen to DocHandal’s recent podcast/feed and recent blog on salt dangers. It is known that a salty diet in most people contributes to several medical conditions and complicates others such as Diabetes. This is a well studied area the latest is out of Japan and shows well-controlled Diabetics have a 20% increase in cardiovascular problems from a saltier diet – adding another 1.0 gr (1,000 mg) of sodium a day. A goal of 1.2 – 1.5 gr. a day can decrease heart and vascular disease – stroke. Interestingly other complications of Diabetes, eye and kidney problems were not adversely effected.
No matter your age too much sodium chloride (salt) is unhealthy. Current personal goals are for 1,200 – 1,500 mg of sodium a day. As always it is very difficult to prove simple/direct cause and effect relationship in medicine but at least a casual association is identified between salt overuse and cardiovascular disease well controlled Diabetics.
Please read labels for portion size and nutritional listings.
This is an excellent web resource please have a look.
Remember many ingredients scream HIGH IN SODIUM! Baking soda, Brine, Garlic salt, Onion salt, Monosodium glutamate (MSG). Remember any ingredient with word ‘sodium’ = ‘salt’!