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A danger to public health? Uproar as scientist urges us to eat more salt

• theguardian.com by Sarah Boseley

Public health experts in the UK have spoken out against a new book that claims many of us should be eating more salt, not less – claiming the advice could endanger people's health.

New York scientist James DiNicolantonio says in his book The Salt Fix that the World Health Organisation and the US and UK advisory bodies on diet have got it wrong with their advice to cut down on salt.

Salt is necessary and good for us, he says. Eating more salt will reduce the amount of sugar in our diet and help us lose weight, he says. Indeed low-salt diets may be causing brittle bones and memory loss and more salt could fix diabetes, he claims.

Scientists say paper questioning 1983 advice that urged people to avoid eating fatty foods is potentially dangerous

"Instead of ignoring your salt cravings, you should give in to them – they are guiding you to better health," he argues in his book, which has won attention for his ideas in the UK media.

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