- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus (6 Jun. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0349417385
- ISBN-13: 978-0349417387
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got it All Wrong and How Eating More Might Save Your Life Paperback – 6 Jun 2017
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Dr DiNicolantonio takes us away from hype and hyperbole to a place of rationality as it relates to salt. This extensively researched text lets us finally erase the guilt all of us felt when catering to our desire for this important mineral. (David Perlmutter, MD bestselling author of GRAIN BRAIN and THE GRAIN BRAIN WHOLE LIFE PLAN)
In his new book The Salt Fix, Dr James DiNicolantonio shatters the age-old myth that salt is a cause of heart disease. He also makes excellent recommendations for a heart-healthy diet that your taste buds will really enjoy! If you want to learn how to make food taste great again, discover tips to improve your heart health and be enlightened about the truth about salt, you've got to check out this book! (Dr Josh Axe author of EAT DIRT, founder of DrAxe.com)
This superb book busts many misconceptions around salt consumption. It's a must read. (Dr Aseem Malhotra, Consultant Cardiologist and adviser to the UK's National Obesity Forum)
"For decades, doctors and mainstream medicine have recommended that you lower your salt intake, but in this well-researched and surprising book, Dr DiNicolantonio explains why this seemingly well-informed advice is, in fact, wrong. The Salt Fix provides the advice and the programme you need to add back the salt and in the process improve your health and your waistline. (Robb Wolf NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE PALEO SOLUTION and WIRED TO EAT)
A leading cardiovascular research scientist upends the low-salt myth, proving that salt may be one solution to - rather than a cause of - the chronic disease crisis.See all Product description
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Dr Nicolantonio also explains how the unexpected health improvements happen to people who eat more salt than the current daily recommendation. People with high blood pressure can actually get better eating more salt. This is just one of the many examples he gives for the apparent health paradox in medical dietary guideline thinking that when people eat more salt, they improve thier health.
He also reveals all the negative side-effects and health risks from eating a diet low in salt. One of the biggest risks being increased heart rate, which again, he shows with references how pro-low salt studies somehow conveniently leave out that data even when they did include heart rate testing.
When I finished this book I got the feeling of how badly we have been sold the myth that sprinkling salt on our food or cooking with salt will definitely cause high blood pressure. The fact is that the risk of complications from not ingesting enough salt everyday far outweigh the proposed main benefit of lowering salt intake.
This book has given me the freedom to realise how much more salt I need in my diet to thrive and not just survive. Especially the drinking coffee factor that is explained in the book.
I truly believe everyone should read this book who has ever been fearful of salt. This is so they can make an informed decision as if a low salt diet is best for them. I have a feeling a lot of people will question why they have been avoiding salt in the day to day lives after reading this book.
The book starts with a disclaimer: “This book contains general information and advice relating to the potential benefits of adding salt to your diet. It is not intended to replace personalized medical advice. As with any new diet regimen, the practices recommended in this book should be followed only after consulting with your doctor to make sure they are appropriate to your individual circumstances. The authors and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects that may result from the use or application of the information in this book.”
I have just read Killer salt, a book from the 1970s, which made me think seriously about the levels of salt I was ingesting. However, I did not want to exist in my own echo chamber, so I read this book for balance. Now, as a medical civilian, I do not know what to think.
The Dr DiNicolantonio surveys the studies that led to advice that a high salt diet is risky. He finds most of these studies wanting. He also warns that it is risky to embark on a low sodium diet. There is also some history in the human use of salt and a pro-salt dietary advice, including recipes. There is also a considerable amount of non-technical medical discussion, which is manageable to a non-specialist. He considers sugar to be the real problem in diets, not just because of obesity but also because of its damaging effects to the internal workings of the body.
So I have now read two books on salt. One told me about the dire medical effects of salt. It encouraged me to move towards a lower or low sodium intake and provided information about low sodium foods and recipes. The other told me sodium is fine, sugar is the real problem. It warned me about the dangers of low sodium diets and provided salty recipes. It also provided a section comparing the pros and cons of various types of salt.
The passages she has read out to me have certainly captured my interest and I have been enjoying using salt liberally once more without fear!
I can't wait for her to finish it so I can read it in full myself, I will update this review once I have.
Thank you Doc
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