The New York Times recently had a piece questioning the idea that salt leads to increased blood pressure, hypertension and the risk of premature death.
The piece is by Gary Taubes, a science writer with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is the author of the book, “Why We Get Fat: And What to do About It.” Taubes says the evidence that high sodium intake causes problems is weak. Instead, he suggests, the reverse may be true. I haven’t read the book, though I did order it for closer inspection.
But the NYT piece does not, address or dispute the research cited by another author, former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler in his book, “The End of Overeating.” That research shows that salty foods make us crave more salty foods, contributing to our overeating. It’s why, as they used to say, “You can’t eat just one.”
That addictive property is one reason why I won’t take this as a license to go hog wild on salt. Another is that it’s in so much food, that it’s hard to imagine anyone really being salt-starved today. Finally, there is this: I feel bloated, fat, and just plainly not good when I’ve demolished that basket of tortilla chips.