Bill Roberts wrote:
The sodium should not be a matter of concern unless one has a bb’ing contest that same week or something like that.
So you personally dispute the link (the theorised link, lol) between high sodium intake and heart disease? I would be interested to hear more, thanks.
It’s both a matter of, if it were true, that ought to be demonstrated; and there being evidence it is not true.
There probably is more recently much more on the subject, but for example back in about '93 or a little earlier, the World Health Organization did what was then the largest epidemiological study ever, on the link between sodium intake, heart disease, and risk factors for heart disease such as elevated blood pressure.
The study did not turn out as expected: no link was found. This was based on studying over 30,000 people from all around the world, ranging from Amazon rain forest dwellers who consumed quite little sodium (I forget how much, I want to say an average of 750 mg/day but I could by now be wrong) to Japanese fishing communities that consumed over 30 grams per day.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone, really, with even the slightest knowledge of how the kidneys function. As blood passes through, sodium is forced out passively, and the kidneys selectively reabsorb the amount needed. It’s the simplest task in the world for the kidneys to reabsorb only the amount needed, puts no load on them at all to not reabsorb that which is not needed, and the fact is that in individuals with normal health blood sodium levels are extremely tightly and well regulated regardless of intake.
It can be different for individuals with some health problems, I am not saying that everyone can consider this a non-issue for them, but individuals in normal health can.
The burden would be on the sodium fearmongers to show is not so. Though they’ve had decades to do it in, still they have not. (Rather like the egg fearmongers but even moreso. Or the protein fearmongers.)