For years we’ve been told to avoid salt at all cost, and more recently there has even been talk about government stepping to regulate its use in the food industry, (more government regulations, just what we need). From the research I’ve found looking into this topic, it appears that the results are not quite as conclusive as the warnings would indicate and that the evidence pointing to the health risks posed by salt is flimsy at best.
“You can say without any shadow of a doubt, that the authorities pushing the eat-less-salt message had “made a commitment to salt education that goes way beyond the scientific facts.” (NYT oped)
“…the evidence from studies published over the past two years actually suggests that restricting how much salt we eat can increase our likelihood of dying prematurely. Put simply, the possibility has been raised that if we were to eat as little salt as the U.S.D.A. and the C.D.C. recommend, we’d be harming rather than helping ourselves.” (NYT oped)
This is reminiscent of the
scam issue we faced with trans-fats where the food industry was able to convince mainstream health agencies that transfats were a healthy option, when all along, it was the transfats that were responsible for the health risks the food industry was accusing saturated fats of causing ie. high cholesterol, heart disease… Though this time the food industry is not behind the salt reduction campaign (this cheap imitation salt is far too useful to them), health organizations seem similarly willing to buy into preliminary research and are jumping to conclusions full force. They have latched on to the demonization of salt as a whole and the belief that it must be severely restricted. And it doesn’t appear they will be letting this go any time soon.
The truth is…
Salt has been a treasured commodity for thousands of years and there is a very good reason for this – OUR BODIES NEED IT TO SURVIVE. Salt is needed for a number of the crucial functions our bodies perform everyday.
It should be noted here that the salt referred to in the studies is table salt or iodized salt, the lowest quality salt available (and coincidentally, also the cheapest salt). This is the type of salt used by the food industry, which apparently serves a number of purposes including acting as a preservative as well as intensifying the flavor of foods which masks less pleasant flavors in processed foods. It is estimated that 75 to 80% of salt in the average American’s diet comes from processed foods .
The health agencies in questions could better spend their time by looking into the differences between table salt, which is used in significant quantities by the food industry (Sodium Chloride) and the natural unprocessed salts (Sodium).
Given mainstream media and the mainstream medical community’s track record, it really is up to each one of us to individually remain vigilant about the various health claims made and educate ourselves in order to get to the real truth.
We’ve recently added 2 new amazing products to our collection, the Ice Pressed Organic Rallis Olive Oil and also the Ultimate Super Foods Raw Unfiltered Organic Coconut Oil. A big part of our reason for adding these was both because of their superior quality as well as the positive health effects experienced when we consume them.
It was while doing some research on coconut oil that I came across some conflicting information about it and about saturated fats as a whole and found myself needing to learn more about fats in general and the messages we receive in the media about them on a daily basis. It’s as though we’ve been conditioned by the media messages to think of fats as a bad thing that should be avoided as much as possible, especially the saturated fats. And given the obesity crisis we’re facing, it’s easy to associate eating fats with getting fat.
After a lot of research in this area. I found this could not be further from the truth and it appears that it is in fact, this misinformation, that is to blame for the epidemic of disease we now see including heart disease, diabetes, obesity… This is what Dr. George Mann described as “The Greatest Scam in the History of Medicine”. The truth is, we NEED fats and we NEED saturated fats for our bodies and brains to function optimally.
The large majority of the fats currently found in prepared foods has either been manipulated, chemically altered, refined or heated beyond recognition. Our bodies do not know what to do with these “fake” fat substances and they certainly do not provide us with the benefits that natural fats are intended to. As study after study has shown, these “fake” fats are the fats that are responsible for the epidemic of heart disease, diabetes, obesity that we’re facing now, not the natural saturated fats as media and industry would like to have us believe.
The misinformation out there in mainstream media is spread not only by the media itself, but also by so called experts who really should know better and should have done their research. The information I found was so staggering that what was originally going to be a post on the topic, quickly became an article, which in the end turned into a booklet of sorts.
This “mess” for lack of a better word began as far back as the early 1900’s and has led us to turn away from the very fats our bodies need and towards the ones that are causing us harm. Getting informed is the first place to start and the “booklet” was intended to serve as a preliminary resource. The sources and references links at the end provide some great information including scientific studies and could very well be a start to setting ourselves free from this health disaster we’re now in. It is only once we “know” that we can then use our purchasing power and start demanding better!
You can find the article here: Big Fat Lies: The Truth You Need to Know About the Fats in Your Everyday Foods
A new year always brings hope for positive change and 2012 is no different, especially in light of the various meanings associated with this particular year. Change, as they say, is one of the constants of life and positive change is something many of us strive for at the start of a new year. But for some reason, within the first few weeks, we tend to give up and return to our “same old, same old usual” ways.
Maybe it’s because the changes we try to implement are unpleasant or burdensome in some way, and a person can only take so much of that… If you look at the main resolutions made each year, losing weight, exercising more, getting healthy, quitting smoking, are always at the top of the list. Based on the information we’ve been given, achieving these goals involves some type of deprivation or eliminating something that we associate with pleasure. Is it any wonder we give up so quickly?
But what if the information we’ve been given was not entirely accurate? What if there are ways that would allow us to achieve these goals in a purely enjoyable way? And if this information is wrong, then what other information that we’ve been assuming as fact and basing our decisions on, is also wrong? What possibilities are really out there for us? Asking ourselves these and other questions may be the best way to start off the new year and may even lead us to better ways of achieving our goals.
In the course of researching the current state of our food supply, it quickly became evident to me that much of the information we get from mainstream media is either not entirely accurate (if not completely wrong) or incomplete. And if we dig a little deeper, much of this mis-information can often be traced back to sources promoting their own particular interest. So if we want the accurate information we need in order to create the changes we want, it is up to each one of us to look into and determine this for ourselves and to stop blindly relying on mainstream media and those in positions of authority to dictate that information to us.
This is the focus of our hope for the New Year, that 2012 will be a year for questions and answers and that we all start taking a closer look at the information we’ve been given and accepted as fact, including the belief that our current food supply is completely safe, that our drinking water is completely safe, that those in positions of authority are always working in and looking after our best interest… Only once we have accurate information will we be in a better position to create the positive and lasting changes we seek and to better react to the not-so-positive changes that occur around us.
So Happy New Year to everyone, and may 2012 be a question-filled and informative year for us all!