It’s time to celebrate salt! Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:45 — 2.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen it comes to food and nutrition, there always seems to be something new to learn.  ‘World Salt Awareness Week’ just made my list of things I never knew about.  Given all the hysteria about salt and health, including […]

Salt: the story that won’t die Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:40 — 3.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI’m done worrying about what this person or that person says about salt these days.  The health and nutrition minders have split into two groups: Salt is poison and we should eat almost none (although, oopsie!, the sodium in […]

The potassium stars of summer

We hear lots of negative news about sodium — we eat too much, it’s bad for us, it leads to hypertension, everyone should cut back — WAAAAY back — and just get used to bland food. What we rarely hear is the good news about sodium’s partner, potassium.  Maybe we should.  Most of us never […]

Low sodium diets are like global warming

When someone says “salt”, you probably think “high blood pressure”, right?  Would you be surprised to know that’s not set in stone?  Low sodium diets and global warming have something in common: they’re both controversial and both sides claim scientific support. The controversy continued this month, with a new report on the mysterious lack of actual […]

Beets: surprising health food

There’s been a lot of buzz about beets lately.  Apparently they can lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance.  Sounds like a lot to ask of a vegetable, so I had to check it out.  Plus I’ve got beets growing in my garden, although they’re golden beets, which may not work the same as the […]

More salt confusion

Considering all the anti-salt messages out there, you might easily conclude the following: if I buy low sodium foods, my blood pressure will go down.  You might be wrong. Yet another study suggests that the blood pressure benefit of reducing sodium intake has been overstated.  Even stranger, the results showed that low sodium diets actually […]

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