A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has a graph showing how potentially harmful the government dietary sodium recommendation is.
The graph below (click to enlarge) is from a new study of 28,880 subjects comparing the rate of cardiovascular incidents with urinary sodium excretion.
Keeping in mind that the food nanny sodium recommendation is 1,500 mg/day and that there is a near one-to-one correspondence between sodium intake and urinary sodium excretion, it’s clear that the level of “no risk” is on the order of 4,000 to 5,000 mg of sodium ingested/excreted per day.
The food nanny preferred level, ironically, appears to be about as “risky” as consuming/excreting about 8,000 mg/day.
That irony, however, is entirely lost on poor food nanny Paul Whelton of the Tulane University School of Public Health who insisted in a commentary accompanying the study that sodium intake should be limited to 1,500 mg/day to 2,300 mg/day.
So what is the purpose of data anyway, Dr. Whelton?
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