The FDA is Doing it Again!
As if they had nothing better to do, now it is dietary sodium decrease… again! After hundreds of academic articles show that the more dietary salt we consume, the healthier we are, they want to reduce it.
Salt does not increase blood pressure but sugar does. Why are they not reducing sugar? Ahhhhhhh… money of course… at the same time we all get sick from eating too much sugar because SUGAR increases blood pressure, increases your bad cholesterol and triglycerides, causes a host of other problems–including taking a huge role in dementia, Alzheimer’s, and so forth. You find my comment below that I just filed at the FDA a minute ago, including all references to everything I just said.
Please comment at the FDA as well to make sure that the government starts to focus on what makes us sick! I copy-pasted my comment below; feel free to use any part of it for your quick comment. The link where to comment: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FDA-2014-D-0055
Your comment must be short and sweet (hence I used & and not “and”, etc.,); it cannot exceed 5000 characters.
Dietary sodium reduction causes harm to the healthy and the hypertensive(1). Migraineurs benefit from higher sodium(2). Sugar increases BP(3-7). Salt is an essential mineral that human cells have many channels for. Dietary sodium increase modifies BP by only a few systolic points (2-6), quite insignificant(8).
The balance of K+ to Na+ ratio is more important to cardiac health than Na+(9-12) & is vital to electrolyte homeostasis – Medline: https://medlineplus.gov/fluidandelectrolytebalance.html.
Hydration is vital to cognition (13-19). Hydration is salt & water. Drinking water alone dilutes electrolytes, causing diseases.
BP increases from sugar; shouldn’t the Committee focus on sugar reduction (3, 20-26)? The Committee should reconsider & focus on CHD & high BP reduction by the substance that causes both: sugar.
Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.
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