Just after finishing my blog yesterday and I read headlines that said, “New England Journal of Medicine says ‘Hold up on the NO-Salt diet. New information.”
Doctors have always known we really do need salt, it has always been the amount. I had a brother in law who ate ‘Salt Sandwiches’, When we once traveled with them to the Great Salt lake, and went into the salt flats, he tasted it and said, “Finally, enough salt!” We all knew Sonny over did it, but he lived to be 81-82 yrs old. Longer than many others who ate much less salt.
When I joined the military there were salt tablet dispensers every where. The doctors then said you needed the salt to sweat (Elizabeth mentioned that old ‘FACT’)
Now the WHO (World Health Organization) says: ‘Hey wait a minnit, salt is only 40% salt (WHAT?) so let’s say 5 grams of salt a day vs 2300 mg. OK, now that we are clear on that, 5 grams is one whole teaspoon more, 1 1/4 teaspoon of salt a day.
Honestly it may sound like I am making fun, but really I am not. I do know that knowledge is always expanding, especially in this age of micro studies and micro chips. (ref: Paula: AND alpha lettered things, i.e. iphone)
I think a moderation approach makes sense. (Except in butter pecan ice cream and (real) banana pudding).
A few years back MOST doctors recommended an aspirin a day. Recently (last 2-3 yrs) many doctors have changed their minds and say an aspirin should be taken daily by one who has heart disease or has had a heart attack. Sherry and I split that recommendation, I quit taking one she continues. SO FAR it is working for both of us.
Sherry’s mother died at 61 of heart failure my dad passed at 69 due to heart failure. Our diets have been much better than our parents in variety. Of course they ate more fresh veggies than we will ever eat, but they always seasoned with fat-back and bacon grease. Shucks I even bathed with lye soap which was made with hog fat.
So today’s advice by Dr. Jack is eat what you are comfortable with and like, but do it in moderation. Also one glass of wine might be good, but 5? Probably a little over kill.
I’m taking Bonnie's advice, Tomato with
a little salt.
PS: (Folks who live a Sermon)
Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”
the 1956 Chevy tudor Custom…