If you are in the habit of calibrating your dietary choices to CNN, good news: salt rocks. Not only is salt so magical that it can make a 2-by-4 taste delicious, it turns out that dropping it from your diet makes your heart very sad:
Doctors and public health officials have been telling us for years that eating too much sodium can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke by raising blood pressure to unsafe levels. So how to explain a new study that suggests low salt intake actually increases the risk of dying from those causes?
The study…also found that above-average sodium intake did not appear to up the risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) or dying of a heart attack or stroke.
Before you get too excited, take note that this study was performed on Europeans. These are the same people who drink a litre of wine with every meal, trowel chocolate-hazelnut spread on anything with a flat surface, and pay exorbitant taxes with a smile. In other words, they are not to be trusted.
Why It Can Kill You
Studies that show something which is believed to be very bad for you to be good for you can cause a severe reaction known as Extreme Confusion Syndrome. Sufferers of ECS quickly become disoriented and lose their ability to make good survival choices.
You may be suffering from ECS if you can answer yes to any of these questions:
- Have you recently walked through a sixth story open window?
- Did you intentionally watch Kirstie Alley perform on Dancing With the Stars? While sober?
- Have you ever rooted for the Boston Red Sox?