by: the Common Constitutionalist
Politics aside, this past has past year has been pretty productive for those of us trying to live a common sense lifestyle, particularly on the food front.
There was the new research on salt intake. Actually, as it turns out, the new research study has been the only real research study and it showed virtually no link between salt intake and hypertension, which has been the conventional wisdom for as long as I can remember.
I did a Podcast in March on the subject of salt, where the scientific and medical communities have bought into the myth that salt is bad and must be severely limited.
All this mass hysteria over salt was based on one study done in the 1970s, where the researchers fed massive amounts of salt to mice over an extended period of time and surprise, they developed health problems.
They never followed up with any reasonable human studies – other bogus ones, used only to advance the low/no salt myth, but no reasonable human studies. The myth of salt has been based on a single shoddy research study.
The new research found that not only is a reasonable, commonsense amount of salt not bad, but may very well aid in weight loss. And too little salt, as is currently recommended, can have catastrophic negative health effects.
Then came the new research on saturated fats, where they discovered once again, the claims of health issues like heart disease and stroke is completely unfounded. Once again, the new research found virtually no ill effects when consuming reasonable amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol. In fact they could find little to no link to show cholesterol caused either stroke or heart disease.