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Gramma Jackie wrote:I haven't read every reply on this blog, but I do know that there are factors other than diet that can play a role in increased susceptibility to stroke. My husband's family on his mother's side has a history of stroke. His grandfather, aunt and mother all suffered from stokes. Also his two youngest brothers have had blood clots. They did genetic tests on his youngest brother and found that he carries a gene that causes blood clots. It has nothing whatsoever to do with diet.
Humans consume a wide range of sodium from less than 250 mg/day to over 30,000 mg/day. For example, a sodium intake of about 200 mg daily has been documented in the Yanomamo Indians living in the Amazon Basin of Brazil.5 In 1959, the daily ration of Korean soldiers included 30,000 mg of crude sea salt a day (11,000 mg of sodium daily).6 Farmers in Northern Japan have been reported to consume daily 27 grams of salt (10,000 mg of sodium).6 People following the rich Western diet consume on average 3,500 mg of sodium daily.
A basic diet of starches, vegetables, and fruits (the McDougall Diet) with no added sodium provides less than 500 mg of sodium daily. Adding a half-teaspoon of salt to the surface of your McDougall dishes daily adds about 1100 mg of sodiumâ€”making the total daily intake 1600 mg. The â€ślow-sodium dietâ€ť fed to a hospitalized patient, following a massive heart attack, under the expert guidance of doctors and dietitians, contains 2000 mg of sodium. Now you understand why I am comfortable putting the saltshaker on the dining tables at our programs.
lmggallagher wrote:Personally, I do not add salt to my McD MWL foods, with the exception of some low sodium gluten free soy sauce - which is not really low in sodium by these standards.
Chimichanga wrote:You do need some salt/iodine. Correct?
Chimichanga wrote:lmggallagher wrote:Personally, I do not add salt to my McD MWL foods, with the exception of some low sodium gluten free soy sauce - which is not really low in sodium by these standards.
You do need some salt/iodine. Correct?
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