“Where would we be without salt?,” asked celebrated food writer James Beard. A cardiologist’s answer to that is likely to be a wry ,”in a healthier place.”
Is salt actually good for you, but just a victim of bad press? Can too much salt give you a heart attack? Is it possible to keep your taste buds happy on a low-salt diet?
I asked esteemed New Delhi-based cardiologist Dr. K.K.Aggarwal to sort out the healthy, the harmful, and the hype. Let me reproduce my interview with him for you:
Is salt bad for my heart?
Short answer: yes.
Salt increases blood pressure.
Salt contains sodium, which causes the body to retain water. When the level of body fluids goes up, blood pressure increases. Increased blood pressure puts a strain on the heart.
Scary. Anything else?
Plenty. That innocent-looking white powder can cause kidney troubles, too.
More with Dr. K.K.Aggarwal on the next page!