"Mankind can live without gold ... but not without Salt." - Cassiodorus, Roman statesman, circa 500 AD
Of course, the FDA push to control the sodium content of food is cloaked in the argument that low salt diets are beneficial to health.
This is simply not so. Low salt diets are harmful to health and there is plenty of compelling research that backs this up.
The most recent study which dismantles the sacred cow that salt is somehow bad for you appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in May 2011.
3,681 healthy European men and women aged 60 or younger were followed for about 8 years. Those that consumed higher than average amounts of sodium did not experience increased risk for hypertension, stroke, or heart attack.
Dr. Jan Staessen MD, senior author of the study at the University of Leuven in Belgium stated that the study's findings:
"... do not support the current recommendations of a generalized and indiscriminate reduction of sodium intake at the population level."