Study on salt and inflammation

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 07, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Hi there, I have been eating paleo for over a year. Many of the recipes call for salt. What is your take after this new study? http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-74696263/

Thanks, Richard



on July 23, 2013
at 11:40 PM

high salt seems to stimulate T cells to become extremely reactive/autoreactive. I absolutely agree, we as paleolithic ppl did not eat high quantities of salt. we should all stop eating alot of salt

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on March 07, 2013
at 07:59 AM

"What is your take after this new study?"


Paleo by design stops me from consuming anywhere near the amounts of salt I was taking in previously and now, I'm finding it much harder to get in my salt needs for the day, but it's a challenge I've gladly undertaken, especially after listening to Robb Wolf talking about salt requirements being anywhere from 2g-4g per day...

I feel bad for the mice though, what kind of life is that...having to stay up late...watching Conan...eating Doritos...barbaric and inhumane...PETA's gonna be pissed???




on April 05, 2013
at 03:52 PM

I accidentally confirmed about a month ago that going paleo has significantly reduced my salt intake. I remember complaining in my SAD days that the local fast food joints didn't use enough salt on their fries.

A month or so ago, I put a few fries in my mouth and it tasted like I'd poured a scoop of salt in my mouth; I was actually shocked.

I do put salt on my food. My typical daily meal includes a salad, fruit, cooked veggies and meat. I sprinkle salt on everything but the fruit. On a large salad, I may salt again when I'm halfway down.

Anyhow, I'm convinced I eat drastically less salt than I did on SAD and I haven't yet seen/heard anything that made me give serious consideration to giving it up altogether.



on April 05, 2013
at 02:07 PM

The other questions are, what's in that salt?

Is it pure sodium chloride? Does it have anti-caking agents?

Does it have other interesting stuff that shouldn't be in salt?

Or is it the good stuff, such as sea salt?

What are the health levels of the participants?

Do they get enough other minerals to balance it out?

Are they getting enough water?

Is this yet another quick and dirty "We 'know' salt is bad and want to prove it" kind of study like the series of birdcage lining ones on the evils of red meat that come out every so often?


on March 08, 2013
at 12:11 AM

Given the original study, I think the only thing we can conclude is that high levels (possibly extremely high levels) of salt have a possible pathway to increase the risk of autoimmune/MS problems in genetically susceptible people.

That conclusion is so specific that I wouldn't even use it as a data point when deciding how much salt to eat.

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