Public health experts in the UK have spoken out against a new book that claims many of us should be eating more salt, not less – claiming the advice could endanger people’s health.
New York scientist James DiNicolantonio says in his book The Salt Fix that the World Health Organisation and the US and UK advisory bodies on diet have got it wrong with their advice to cut down on salt.
Salt is necessary and good for us, he says. Eating more salt will reduce the amount of sugar in our diet and help us lose weight, he says. Indeed low-salt diets may be causing brittle bones and memory loss and more salt could fix diabetes, he claims.
While I’ll use salt when cooking, I very seldom add it my food once it’s served. I’ll use pepper, but I lost my taste for salt years ago. I figure that I get enough salt from processed foods, but there are times that I’ve been awakened by muscle cramps and had to get up drink a small glass of salt water to ease them.
My father-in-law? I’ve seen him salt a potato chip before. I’m not fucking kidding. He eats his meal with a fork in one hand and a salt shaker in the other, salting each bite of food before it goes in his mouth.