|Fish in spicy tomato sauce with pasta|
Food Diary (March 01, 2012)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with pear, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Fish in spicy tomato sauce with pasta
Dinner: Polenta pajeon (Korean pancake)
I am not sure if I can call the polenta pancake pajeon. The idea came from pajeon but adding polenta makes it partially Italian. Doesn’t matter, it was crispy, simple and delicious.
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Salt has been receiving bad reputation. Like fat, people think it should be avoided. Doctors and dietitians, along with the USDA dietary guidelines, recommend eating a diet low in sodium to prevent high blood pressure, risk of cardiovascular disease, and stroke; and doctors have been putting their patients on low-salt diets since the 1970s. But like fat, salt is an essential component of the human diet.
A study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, found that low-salt diets actually increase the risk of death from heart attack and stroke — and in fact don’t prevent high blood pressure. This study’s findings have been criticized.
Another study published in 2006 showed that death from heart disease and all causes rose with lower salt consumption. The report found that lower sodium has been associated with stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, that, in turn, has been associated with adverse [cardiovascular disease] and mortality outcomes. Sodium restriction may also influence insulin resistance.
The insulin resistance association is compelling since so many Americans are exhibiting signs of insulin resistance, the precursor to diabetes. Michael Alderman, a blood-pressure researcher at Albert Einstein College of Medicine said “The problem with reducing sodium enough to change blood pressure [is that it] has other effects — including increasing insulin resistance, increasing sympathetic nerve activity, and activating the renin-angiotensin system and increasing aldosterone secretion. All bad things for the cardiovascular system.”
I am not sure what the verdict it. I guess we will never know the truth because its complex. Different studies will come to different conclusions, and the conclusions may be valid. Too much salt is bad, so is too little, the right amount must be good!