Hide the kids in the closet! Bread's coming to get you!
A recent study finds that the greatest single contributor of salt-intake in the American diet comes from bread, not stuff like potato chips or margarita glass rims or sucking on decorative rocks.
Not that bread's all that salty per se – we just eat a lot of it. And is that a problem? Well of course! Because as we all know, salt is a heinous serial killer.
For example, the AP article just flatly states:
Salt is the main source of sodium for most people, and sodium increases the risk of high blood pressure, a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
No citation, no need to quote an authority. AP simply states that sodium increases risk of high blood pressure, as if that's an obvious, uncontested truth.
Except that it's not. The claim is false, as far as anyone knows. The AP article is an example of how bullshit myths are propagated and are hard to stamp out.
At least, there's NO REASON to think that sodium or salt cause high blood pressure.
The surprising fact is, despite a century of the medical establishment uncritically promoting the claim, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANY CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT SALT INCREASES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
Does that surprise you? Would it surprise your doctor? Or the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg? He thinks his job is to rid New York of salt consumption by government fiat.
Isn’t the first thing someone who’s found to have high blood pressure is supposed to do is cut back on the salt?
An article in Scientific American addressed this last June. Some quotes:
Intersalt, a large study published in 1988, compared sodium intake with blood pressure in subjects from 52 international research centers and found no relationship between sodium intake and the prevalence of hypertension. In fact, the population that ate the most salt, about 14 grams a day, had a lower median blood pressure than the population that ate the least, about 7.2 grams a day.
So how did the salt myth get started in the first place?
In 1904 French doctors reported that six of their subjects who had high blood pressure—a known risk factor for heart disease—were salt fiends.
So there you go. The worldwide war on salt all began because of an observation of SIX GUYS IN FRANCE. By the laws of science and statistics, such a miniscule, anecdotal bit of information literally means nothing and has no value at all. It is not evidence of anything.
But nevertheless we’ll live with the lie.