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    Don't pick up the salt shaker just yet! See this new research about salt guidelines.
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    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff posted:
    A new study suggests that reducing sodium may increase unhelathy blood fats, but critics say this study is flawed.

    New Research Calls Salt Guidelines Into Question

    What do you think? Will you once again reach for the salt shaker?
    Elizabeth
    ~To eat is a necessity, to eat intelligently is an art.~ La Rochefoucauld
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    EricE_MA responded:
    The meaning of the study is nearly impossible to interpret. Because it is a meta study the meaning of "high" and "low" are not defined and it will vary among the studies considered. Some may have had more extreme "low" groups than others. It is possible the results may have resulted from only certain conditions. Most likely the "high" were actually "typical" amounts of sodium; it is important not to read in to "high" as "eat more salt."

    Also, because this was a meta-study, the diet was not controlled. My gut feeling is that the increases in cholesterol and triglycerides were likely due to participants, deprived of salty foods, seeking comfort in other types of junk food, notably refined carbohydrate (esp. sugary) foods.

    This suggests to me the importance of not giving the simplistic dietary advice "eat less salt." But rather provide more comprehensive recommendations regarding what to eat. For example, the emphasis in the DASH diet is to increase fruits and vegetables, include nuts, seeds, and legumes, and keep grains whole.


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