How many times have we heard “salt will give you high blood pressure.” and “Limit your salt intake because it’s bad for you.” Well, in an article (link below) by Scientific American, you’ll be shocked to know that it has NEVER been proven that salt causes high blood pressure in humans. Check this out… people started freaking out in the ’70s when Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Lewis Dahl claimed that he had “unequivocal” evidence that salt causes hypertension: he induced high blood pressure in rats by feeding them the human equivalent of 500 grams of sodium a day. (Today the average American consumes 3.4 grams of sodium, or 8.5 grams of salt, a day!) So, this one dude decides that “salt is bad for us” because he force feeds rats 147 days worth of sodium in ONE DAY! What the heck!? Now, I’m not telling you to go start pouring salt all over your food, because abusing anything is asking for trouble, and if you’re unsure of what to do, consult your doctor. However, the good news is, now that you are eating more vegetables, and lean meats, you get to spice them up all you want, and you don’t have to go easy on the salt. Woohoo!