The Centre for Science in the Public Interest, one of the not-for-profit movers and shakers in the growing anti-salt movement, says as many as 15,000 Canadians a year are dying prematurely because of “excessive sodium consumption.”
Similarly staggering numbers in the United States prompted the American Medical Association to recommend this summer that the Food and Drug Administration strip salt of its “generally recognized as safe” status and strongly regulate it as a food additive, a category that includes food dyes and monosodium glutamate (MSG)
One of Canada’s anti-salt activists, Bill Jeffrey of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest in Ottawa, said that “if 15,000 Canadians are dying prematurely every year because they’re consuming too much salt, I don’t think there’s any pejorative word strong enough to describe it.”
In fact, one of the country’s leading experts in hypertension has gone so far as to say that if salt were introduced as a new substance today, it would not be deemed safe for human consumption.
Cardiologist Dr. Kota Reddy, says, “Have you noticed that you often feel bloated after eating pizza? Or have swollen ankles and feet and get short of breath after eating out? It’s most probably because of salt. The sodium in salt acts like a sponge. It attracts water to flow in the bloodstream. This adds fluid for the heart to pump. Volume overload causes fluid to back-up into the lungs and ankles. Which results in shortness of breath and ankle/leg swelling.
Dr. Reddy’s best selling book, Eat This Lose That, explains in detail the effects salt can have on the body and ways to bring your health back up top-notch.