salt health

See Julie Starkel’s expertise featured in Experience Life‘s March 2018 magazine article on “The Great Salt Debate.”

The story of salt — as a favorite food flavoring and, at the same time, public-health enemy — continues to unfold.

Following a plot line familiar in the realm of nutrition, the salt saga pits two well-intentioned and strongly held perspectives against each other. On one side, public-health experts have warned of salt’s dangers for nearly 50 years, stressing its association with high blood pressure and heart disease. They insist we’d all be better off if we ate less of it. A lot less.

On the other side, a growing number of researchers and clinicians call for a more nuanced assessment. They argue that salt (a mineral known chemically as sodium chloride) is a biological necessity and not inherently problematic — at least not for everyone.

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