Originally Posted by Ms Arielle
My encounters with this recommendation has not via a personal physician but thru "friends " who due to their health risks have been told to cut back. WHat is never mentioned is a RANGE of recommended amount. IMO this has been interpreted as salt is bad, eliminate salt. One woman never adds salt to her foods. ANother is strict about keeping under the 2300 but at 400 pounds has not been counselled effectively to drop his weight; and another shakes on the salt and shakes and shakes without testing the food first. Seems we have a warped view of salt in our diet.
Yeah, that's the logic of a maximum. If less-than-X is good, this means X or more-than-X is bad. And, if less-than-X is good, then none is best. As-little-as-possible is the only way to make sure we eat less-than-X, cuz we just have no idea how much salt we actually eat whether we measure or not.
Since salt is essential, developing a deficiency is a very real danger, unlike the presumed risk of hypertension from eating more-than-X or too much salt.
Also, since salt is essential, and since we just have no idea how much salt we actually eat whether we measure or not, the only way to make sure we don't develop a deficiency is to eat more-than-X.
The risk of hypertension is not actually demonstrated in humans.
Reading wiki on hyponatremia (low sodium level in the blood), the causes section says that low sodium intake is very rarely the cause. In my opinion, this is due to the fact that few people actually take this seriously enough to eat as little salt as possible, let alone none. But due to First Law, where we can't create salt from nothing, it's entirely possible that low- or zero-dietary intake causes hyponatremia.
We can't deal with deficiency, can't make up the missing difference. But we can deal with excess, we just excrete it.