The Facts about Diet and Salt

Salt – can’t live without it, but too much affects our bodys cells, can lead  to blood pressure hypertension.

Think about it carefully, how many times in Cafes and Restaurants have you seen people ( maybe you! ) pick up the salt pot  and shake some salt on their food, without even tasting it first.

Readers in their 40s, 50s and beyond, especially need to get this right. Salt is essential but above  a certain daily amount , it can cause problems

The conventional ideas, taught to  doctors for over 2 centuries,  about salt may be completely wrong. 

 Dr Jens Titze is a kidney specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research in Erlangen, Germany.   He has recently published  his study which has taken him decades to compile, starting in 1991,  on Russian cosmonauts.  It showed that salt  is actually linked to weight loss.  Like a camel, which unable to find water, will break down the fat in its hump, into water, the intake of salt by the cosmonauts, was proportionate to their hunger and resulted in them drinking less water. As the fat to water conversion costs energy , they were making up the deficit by eating more.

The mechanics of the process involve the production of glucocorticoid hormones.  When the Increased salt level occurred there was a corresponding increase in the levels of these hormones, which broke down fat and muscle in their own bodies. This freed up water for the body to use.

So the conventional wisdom of salt causing you to drink more therefore the water made you put on the weight is wrong, but the conventional advice still stands. Do not try  to use increases in salt to lose weight, this would be very dangerous and unlikely to succeed, as shown by the Russian subjects in the study, they simply became hungrier, which makes dieting much harder to achieve. Dr Titze  also added that increased glucocorticoid hormone production is in part responsible for such conditions as osteoporosis, muscle loss, Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic problems.


I actually chose these two items completely at random! When you look at the salt  content in these sausages, especially the Quorn variety, just 2 sausages would contain  36%  of your recommended daily salt intake !

These are to be found in the “healthy options” aisle of the supermarket. You can see why it is important to check this before buying.  You would be much better purchasing  fresh sausage product from your butcher.  If your choice is a non-meat sausage, then more serious searching is to be done.