Since I began my journey to persuade people to avoid salt in their food, people have often pushed back because of Dr. Oz’s position on salt. “Dr. Oz doesn’t think salt is such a bad thing,” they have told me. “ Dr. Oz uses salt, especially sea salt, in his recipes.” So a recent article by Dr. Oz taking a very clear and strong stand against salt, which has already been published in many news outlets, comes as a welcome surprise. I especially like the title: “The Road to High Blood Pressure Paved with Salt.” My team and I couldn’t have said it any better.
I want to acknowledge and thank Dr. Oz for taking such a clear and strong stand against salt. This article reinforces the recommendation by the American Heart Association (AHA) to limit salt intake to less than 1,500 mg per day. The rest of the discussion in this article is also consistent with several of our blog posts explaining the AHA position:
- American Heart Association and Salt
- Report on Mortality Benefit from the Reduction in Salt Consumption: The Real Lesson
- The Salty Six
Dr. Oz, thank you again for joining the mission to reduce the salt in our diet. But we still have a lot work to do. A recently released CDC report shows that nine out of ten Americans do not follow any salt restriction. You can see this all around you, whether you go grocery shopping, go out to eat or watch your family prepare meals. Even though the danger of eating salt has been in the news on a regular basis, the awareness about restricting salt is minuscule. The percentage of people actually following this advice is even tinier.
We have found that merely telling people that “salt is bad” will have limited success. Fortunately, those who have read our book or listened to our talks about Salt Kills have become well aware of dangers of salt and are now actually reducing their consumption. The simple language explaining complex information about how salt harms our bodies (including our brains), along with the interesting analogies and eye catching illustrations, are changing the attitude towards salt intake.
Dr. Oz is a household name in America. Given his popularity and following he has developed, we hope that he helps put awareness about the dangers of salt on the radar. In the meantime, we invite all of you who follow him to check out our contribution to the cause through our book Salt Kills. We also invite you to check out our blogs on this subject for well-researched medical information explained in easy-to-understand language. You will be convinced and will be better for it, since healthier habits translate to a healthier and longer life.