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Effect of longer term modest salt reduction on blood pressure: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1325 (Published 04 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1325

Re: Effect of longer term modest salt reduction on blood pressure: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials

Just like other work on salt, this article is unconvincing. The evidence for salt causing any harm is extremely flimsy. I would like to draw readers’ attention to the work of Gary Taubes on this subject (1, 2). He is a journalist who specialises in exposing bad science. He has reviewed all the literature on salt and interviewed many of the researchers. It is clearly demonstrated that salt is harmless.

References:

1. The (Political) Science of Salt. Science 14 August 1998: Vol. 281 no. 5379 pp. 898-907. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/281/5379/898.short
2. Salt, We Misjudged You. New York Times. 2 June 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/opinion/sunday/we-only-think-we-know-t...

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 April 2013
William Neville
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