Salt of the Earth – Sodium and Plant Based Diets


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  • what if you are unable to eat seaweed products due to allergies? I am unable to eat any seaweeds, kelp, etc. I went without added salt for over two years and found i felt much better after starting to include a small amount of Himalayan salt in my diet.

  • Wow I am no where near the 1600 mg of salt, but I am a european vegan :/ Right next to me is an old can of veggies I ate as a whole, without the Water it was 455g of veggies (green beans), containing 4g of fucking salt. Either the measurements are wrong or something else is fishy, since they didn't taste salty at all…

  • The logic is unconvincing at best. Salt has been one of the most valuable produce in human history. If you shouldn't take more than a half teaspoon of salt, why has it been sought after for so long a time? Something's wrong about this.

  • Yes I noticed after being on WFPB for a while how much salt is in everything! We went out to a Cajun restaurant and I ordered some gumbo. Holy Dead Sea! I thought I was going to have a stroke right there in the booth. It was good but yeah made me realize how true your video is.

  • Lack of sodium salt in the diet is dangerous and can cause heart attacks. Lack of potassium salt is a problem as well. These salts make electrical currents possible, they are electrolytes. These currents make signaling possible from the brain to muscles. Your heart is a muscle. If you were to remove all salt from your body, your heart would stop and you would be brain dead in five minutes. Many animals risk their lives climbing steep cliff faces to get to salt outcroppings. If you have a taste for salt, eat it. Most of the salt scare is very old research. Sodium is essential, like water. To little is the danger.

  • I've helped some older people get on the starch solution. They use a lot of salt like 4 to 8 grams per day. But their blood pressure is in check. How can that be?

  • Correlation is not causation. Many people with high salt intake usually have high salt intake from eating unhealthy foods- it's not just the salt itself in those foods that are causing them to be unhealthy. There is plenty of research out there showing that cutting salt for some people is actually dangerous. There is also no "one size fits all" for salt, some people can function perfectly fine with less than a gram of salt while others NEED more. I'm not saying to eat however much you want but "lower your salt" is not as big of a deal as people make it to be and it should not be said as a blanket statement when it can actually hurt some people.

    From my personal experience, I eat probably twice the salt that anybody else eats and have always had low blood pressure. On the other hand my dad died at 47 from hypertension even though he was on medication for it plus he had to cut salt out of his diet 10 years earlier. I know this is anecdotal but as I said, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to salt. Most people can filter salt very well and it has almost no effect on them while others have an immediate reaction to it. Test it yourself, go on a low salt diet and see if there are any improvements if not, then you don't need to cut your salt.

  • Excellent video and information, thank you dr Greger.

    I hope Dr Greger that you’ll try Homeopathy or look deeper into this science and reassess your view about it, because homeopathic treatment has literally saved my mother life, and made the greatest positive changes in all my family health .

  • I am constantly "confused about sodium" because 1) I need to convert units of measure from weight to volume, and 2) salt is about 1/3 sodium. When I cook, I add salt by a teaspoon measure (volume), not by adding sodium with a scale (weight). Example: At 3:15, "non-vegetarians get about 3500 milligrams of sodium per day – about a teaspoon and a half [of salt]", says Dr.Gregar. To do the math to understand that conversion, I looked up one teaspoon of salt weighs 6 grams (6000 milligrams), but contains about 2.3 grams of sodium (2300 milligrams). So 3500 mg sodium / 2300 sodium in 1 tsp salt = 1.5 tsp salt. Note at 1:15 the target salt intake is 5.8 grams (5800 milligrams) of salt, about 1 teaspoon. From data in this video, non-vegetarians should reduce their salt from 1.5 tsp to 1 tsp/day.

  • As usual, all this guy can do is be a mouth piece for the vegans by citing articles that are about as reliable as Hillary is at telling the truth. If I eat salt, my Tinnitus is like a blaring trumpet in my ears; my heart pounds at over 100 bpm as opposed to my usual 60 bpm; it feels like my heart is paralyzed, and I feel just all around weak and want to go lie down but can't because I'm so wired at the same time. When I lie on a bed, the whole thing shakes with every heart beat. The salt doesn't matter whether table, Himalayan or Celtic. I can remember not eating salt to the point where all my fluids had none. My tears and sweat had no saltiness. I wondered about that, but then, without eating any salt, suddenly I became very salty with my tears blinding me like burning acid. Regular blood work doesn't tell the story of what's going on, which is the same for all the other minerals being tested for. I eat no salt or packaged food, and yet I have sky high hypertension and also underweight. This can't be normal.

  • Conflicting information. There are some studies that show that 5000 mg of sodium has the lowest association with the risk od death. That was found over hundreds of thousands of people in dozens of countries…. Lower sodium intake increases the risk of death and so does higher sodium in take. But the lower you go, the faster the risk goes up compared to going higher than 5000 mg.

    In the USA sodium intake is actually below the world average.

    Could be that on a very high carb diet you need less sodium because your body holds on to sodium when you eat high carb. On a low carb diet your kidneys get rid of much more salt so naturally your salt requirements depend on how much of your diet consists of carbs.

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