“The Great Salt Speech” isn’t just bad advice — it’s a deadly lie, and a new study proves it.
You know the speech I’m talking about. It’s the one doctors deliver in their Most Serious Voice right after taking your blood pressure, sentencing you to bland low-sodium meals for the rest of your life.
But as I’ve told you time and again, a low-salt diet won’t lower blood pressure OR protect your heart — and now, the latest research shows it can actually boost the odds of any early death by more than 500 percent!
Researchers from the University of Leuven in Belgium tracked 3,861 people 60 years old and younger for a median of nearly 8 years, and found absolutely no link at all between sodium and blood pressure levels.
Repeat: No link at all between sodium and blood pressure levels.
Overall, they found a 4.1 percent rate of death from heart-related conditions among those with the lowest intake, 1.9 percent among those with moderate intake, and 0.8 percent among those with the highest.
That means patients with the lowest salt intakes were more than five times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those with the highest, according to the new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Now, this might fly in the face of everything you’ve heard in your doctor’s office… but it’s perfectly consistent with the studies I’ve been telling you about.
One study last year found that seniors with the lowest salt consumption had the highest risk of bone breaks and an early death. (Read about it here.)
Even one of the authors of the new study says that in his 25 years of research on salt, “it was almost impossible to find an association between blood-pressure and 24-hour sodium excretion.”
Tell THAT to your doc next time he opens his trap about sodium and blood pressure.