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Is Salt Just A Scapegoat?

There have been people who have been discussing how much (if any at all!) salt and sodium to include into your diet since there have been discussions about diet occurring. It’s come to be quite a highly controversial topic among those who are looking for the ideal diet.

Check out this video today where Dr. John McDougall discusses salt, some of the myths surrounding it, and whether or not it’s really all that much of a bad thing.

You’ll learn:

• Why a low-sodium diet just isn’t the only answer to superior health.
• How salt is actually something that humans require to function optimally and have a specific taste receptor for.
• Why not eating enough salt (not just sodium!) can actually translate into compromised health in some people.
• Why the salt in certain unhealthy foods like processed meats and refined packaged foods gets blamed as the unhealthy ingredient.

I’ve had various personal experiences with salt, including going strictly without having any for extended periods of time, eating a lot of it, and eating moderate amounts of it as I desire. Each time it’s given me different results and I’ve taken something different away from it.

Most people agree that they enjoy the taste of salt; the disagreement comes from whether or not it’s healthy for you. I personally think that there more important things to consider first when discussing diet, and that for some people no salt at all may present just as many problems as eating insane quantities of salt all the time. Balance is key.

I encourage you to experiment with salt and come to your own conclusions, as everybody seems to have a slightly different experience with it. Let us know yours in the comments below!


Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.