The Canadian government is in an all-out war on salt.
According to Health Canada, about half of us are consuming more than double the
recommended daily dose, and it plans to rectify that by altering the
food supply. The problem, say critics, is that the response could do
more harm than good.
There’s no question high-salt diets can affect
blood pressure, but several studies suggest this outcome, generally
speaking, is dwarfed by other health benefits. In fact, the government’s
position, critics charge, is based on out-of-date data, and ignores the
most recent studies. Worse, Ottawa’s salt offensive could cause serious
health concerns, including heart disease, low birth rates, kidney
disease, or an early death.
“[Canada’s] limits are not based on
science,” explains Michael Alderman, a physician and epidemiologist at
New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and editor of the American Journal of Hypertension. “Folks that eat the least amount of salt have the worst outcomes. They die.”
Source - Macleans