The Center for Science in the Public Interest Michael Jacobson’s head is spinning after the Institute of Medicine exposed the junk science behind his call for dramatically reduced sodium intake.
In January 2011, CSPI said, for example:
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says that Americans should aim to consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day—far less than either the 2,300 mg recommended by the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans, or the 4,000 mg of sodium that the average adult currently consumes. CSPI is supporting a new advisory from the American Heart Association, published in the journal Circulation, which calls on the “public, health professionals, the food industry, and the government to intensify efforts to reduce the amount of sodium (salt) Americans consume daily.” [Emphasis added]
But in a Huffington Post column today, Jacobson writes:
Why didn’t the IOM find evidence of benefit in people who ate less than 2,300 mg of sodium a day? The fact is that no good studies have been done.
It’s quite possible that mindless cutbacks in salt intake could cause health problems. Possibly the Food Police should arrest themselves.