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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

The Salt Institute

Reading The War Over Salt in the New York Times:

Last month, the head of the Salt Institute, Richard L. Hanneman, met with Dr. John O. Agwunobi, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, to lobby against salt regulation by the F.D.A. The Salt Institute represents companies like Morton International, based in Chicago, and United Salt, based in Houston. The total value of the United States salt market is $340 million.

Fortunately, the Salt Institute has a web site, which gives you

  • Recipes featuring salt. Including soft pretzels.
  • Information busting the salt and blood pressure myth.
    As long ago as 2,000 B.C. when the famous Chinese "Yellow Emperor" Huang Ti recorded salt's association with a "hardened pulse," we have known of a relationship between salt and blood pressure. That’s not news… What is more newsworthy is that over the past quarter-century, we’ve learned that the body often makes physiologic adjustments to “correct” for such changes and preserve blood pressure at the “proper” level (e.g. changes in renin system response). And all this leads to the final point about salt and blood pressure: the only rationale offered for reducing salt to reduce blood pressure (in some people) is that it will lessen their risk of a heart attack or stroke. The news today is that not a single study has shown improved health outcomes for populations on reduced sodium diets.
  • Salt: The Essence of Life, a multidisciplinary curriculum for students.

In case you were wondering, there is a Pepper Institute (of Aging and Public Policy), and a Chile Pepper Institute.

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