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The Salt Fix: Why the Experts Got It All Wrong--And How Eating More Might Save Your Life

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  67 reviews
We've all heard the recommendation: eat no more than a teaspoon of salt a day for a healthy heart. Health-conscious Americans have hewn to the conventional wisdom--that your salt shaker can put you on the fast track to a heart attack--and have suffered through bland but 'heart-healthy' dinners as a result.

What if the low-salt advice is wrong?

Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a lea
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Harmony (first published 2017)
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Oct 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
I've decided to emulate the author and repeat important information by re-wording it slightly.
One Nine of his sources are from Wikipedia.
He cites articles he's written at least 17 times throughout the book without disclaiming that he's citing himself.

This is completely different from what I normally read, but my mom had read it recently and it was still checked out from the library, and it looked interesting, so...

I gave up about halfway through. It's not an especially difficult read, but Dicni
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Good science. A bit repetitive. Recap: "Eat salt when you crave it. Sugar is bad. Never eat sugar. The end."
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
To me, this book belongs on the shelf with others like The Case Against Sugar and The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet - books that look at the history behind the food and diet suggestions we've been told and unpack them by looking at the science.

The Salt Fix is a great read on this really interesting topic. It's one of those rules we think is 'obvious' and common sense - salt leads to hypertension and high blood pressure - but as DiNicolantonio goes through
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3 Stars

Yeah, I get it.

Salt good.

Sugar Bad.

Repeat ad infinitum.

The book made some good points, had thorough research and information, and generally did an okay job.

It seemed to me like the book could have been half the length and been better though.

There were many points where it was just so repetitive and trying to present the same facts over and over, but pretending that they haven't already been mentioned.

There was also just a sense of trying way to hard to make certain connections, using ve
I only read ~ 30% of it in total.
After about 27% it got soo repetitive and I skimmed through the rest. Mostly just read the headlines of the chapters and that was sufficient.

But it did convince me to eat more salt again 🤔😄
Peter Herrmann
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
His advice might be dangerous for some people. Although he correctly categorizes people as salt-resistant or salt-sensitive, he glosses over the impact of salt on the later group. He mentions (only briefly) that salt-sensitivity is due to insulin resistance. Nothing on the Internet that I can find backs up that assertion. While research clearly now shows (except for studies funded by the Sugar Industry) that fructose is poison, I think that just replacing simple sugars with salt is still dangero ...more
Maurício Linhares
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just like fat, salt has also been demonized as a harmful and mostly useless ingredient in our diets, worst, it's just a "condiment" so you should be fully able to live without it. Thing is, just like fat, salt is a basic building block of our body, being a part of the extracellular fluid, used in cellular metabolism, brain communication and muscle movement. It's history of being a cause of heart diseases doesn't have much actual science behind it (and today we know sugar has a much more active r ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
A more detailed review resides inside my head (and in the many many scribbles I left in my copy of this book) but essentially:
- Once again sugar shown to be bad
- Once again people using something as a scapegoat for sugar
- some parts of this book were pretty good and I enjoyed reading them
- some parts of this books (ahem. Chapter 7) were really really awful: completely all over the place, contradictory, missing the point, not giving me the information/detail on important studies that I was cravin
Evan Nordquist
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. 4 stars for the information. 3 stars for the repetition. The book should have been half as long as it was.

- Your body needs salt for countless functions.
- Sugar is the white crystal you should try to avoid.
- Eating half of the guideline for salt does more damage to the body than eating twice the guideline for salt.
- Healthy kidneys can excrete away excess salt with no problem up to about 8-10X the daily dose.
- Any lower than the daily dose, and heart rate increases 5-10%, which is
Aneliya Petrunova
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
James DiNicolantonio has written a truly revolutionary book, it has been an eyeopener for me. It is very well researched (which is a trend in the paleo/low carb community, and quite reassuring for us, readers). On the basis of the data from what seems like a ton of papers Dr. DiNicolantonio makes a very strong case for an increased salt intake for the majority of the population:

- He proves - with the help of solid evidence - that salt does not make your blood pressure rise. Indeed, even among h
Rich And
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is great to make you more aware of your salt intake and how important it is in relation to athletic performance and health. However when it comes to obesity simply blaming ‘sugar’ seems a bit shortsighted from the writer especially if you’ve read a book like the hungry brain. Ultimately ‘both’ salt and sugar are just components in a larger and more complex interplay of factors that contribute to health and better performance. But salt is definitely a good factor to be aware of.
Steve Mayet
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had it wrong all along.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Salt does NOT raise blood pressure. It's a myth created by sugar companies and government. Why? Read the book.
Gerardo Avelar
Despite there are many books about nutrition nowadays, none of them has focus on the salt topic as deeply as this book does.

The author lead us to a journey through the history of both salt in the human diet and the oficial nutrition guidelines about salt intake, focus on the supposed relationship between high salt intake and different health issues, specially hypertension. He analyzes the "science " behind the low salt recommendations with a simple and clear language and explains how and why w
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nutrition-food
I love the topic of this book and I think this is groundbreaking research that should be studied more, but (you knew there was a "but" coming) the book is so repetitive. Every chapter felt like the one before it, but just worded differently. I think this would have made a better magazine article or research paper as opposed to a whole book. Regardless, the book had some excellent information and was an easy and understandable read.

I am excited to incorporate salt into my training as I am curren
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my new favourites. I did not like that it was repetitive. Sections that discuss the ills of sugar are better done by Taubes’ books. The style is folksy to the point of sounding condescending. There are sloppy citations, using Google books hyperlinks. I suspect this was a means to make certain textbooks more accessible to readers that do not have access over publisher paywalls. That said, the information presented is remarkable. The information presented is transformational if it h ...more
Curi A
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
This guy is so full of it. Yes I do agree that sugar is bad for you and like anything, it’s bad in high amounts just like salt. I just think it’s stupid to think that if you cut back on your salt intake means your more likely to have a substance abuse addiction?? What!? That’s dumb cause when I lack salt I just crave salt I don’t think oh my god I need to go find some heroin! Then he states that if we have substance problems or crave salt we are supposed to blame our mothers cause they didn’t in ...more
João Pereira
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Somos bombardeados todos os dias com argumentos "científicos" e "autoritários" sobre esta ou aquela recomendação de saúde ou de nutrição, quais deles não assentando em mais do que mera opinião ou interesse particulares.

Os nossos caros políticos, sempre prontos a mostrar obra e a dar azo ao desejo de mandarem nos outros sem correrem qualquer risco de virem a ser responsabilizados pelos seus erros, prontamente ditam ou decretam a redução do consumo de X ou Y à populaça ignorante (sem eles próprios
Jason Cox
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read about salt. This is an essential thing for our body and has apparently been the victim of pseudoscience since the turn of the 20th century. The author takes the time to go through old "data" and reports about salt as well as evaluating more recent and better quality scientific studies. The end result is that the majority of people do not benefit from salt restriction and actually may benefit greatly from increasing the salt in their diet for many reasons.

As a physician, I found
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a lot of good--or great--in this book. Dinicolantonio has done some stellar original research and does a fine job laying out some of the political machinations that went into the myth-building of salt's influence over human health. Where it falters and falls seriously flat is when he begins his own myth-building experiment for sugar. It was so disappointing when, after detailing the unscientific rhetoric used to propagate the salt myth, he goes on to do exactly what he damns. Pointing t ...more
Samuel Adams
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, and am enjoying the teaching of this book to all my friends and family. My family runs on high blood pressure, and have always been told to avoid salt, but the thing was I craved it non-stop. So, unlike the rest of my family, I gave in to the cravings and continue to do so. The more I gave into it, the more I consumed, and when that checkup came one day my doctor told me my health was improving when I expected the exact opposite. I wanted to know why, and so I took th ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
FASCINATING book. It has a ton of great information, but little evidence based studies to back up what he says. His research is almost completely epidemiological and observational, however it is a great history of salt. I loved the info about other cultures and their typical salt intakes. There was also a great section on the pros and cons of different kinds of salts. This I had no idea about and since I listened on audible, I may get the hard copy just to have this info. I.e. which had greater ...more
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This was very well researched and interesting. I learned about this book while listening to a podcast. I seem to be on a health / nutritional kick in my reading lately so this fit in that theme. It certainly is a niche read. I appreciate the research necessary for this type of book but this information needs to be made more accessible to the mainstream. Perhaps the audience is the scientifically minded with the hopes that the some of our outdated dietary guidelines will be affected and improved. ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many fundamental elements that make up a healthy diet in the 21st century get overlooked today,and salt is probably at the top of the list. Salt is the final piece of the nutrition and diet puzzle along with a conscious refined carb restriction diet adding the right amount of salt and other essential electrolytes your body, you will have a better chance of it running optimally . A good read for any diet coach and athlete in general.
Eric Banton
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debunking the myth

The Salt Fix debunks the myth that surrounds prescribed salt in take. My take away: if you not hypertensive and you don’t have overarching salt intake issues, enjoy good salt (Himalayan, Redmond, sea salt). Safe in the knowledge that naturally salt (unlike the other white crystal that should be demonised, sugar) is on a negative feedback loop ie too much salt promotes a bad taste. Salt helps make healthy food delicious.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health, keto
Like Taubes and Teicholtz, Dinicolantonio pulls back the curtain on nutrition recommendations based on the wrong information and how we're creating true problems while trying to correct something that doesn't apply to the majority of the population.

Fascinating read and useful information. It shed a scientific light on a lot of what I have experienced while trying to manage electrolytes on low-carb diets. I recommend it to anyone interested in health and performance.
Chris Eakins
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think that this should be read if you currently hold the belief that salt is not good for you. So often, I'm warned by well meaning colleagues and family members to watch my salt intake, and I deep down knew that I needed it. Dr. Dinicolantonio has an incredibly well researched and backed up argument to salt to taste. Thanks for putting this together!
Ariel M Dybner
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another nail in the coffin of bad nutritional advice

This thorough book is another nail in the coffin for the wrongheaded advice to eat less salt. Dr. DiNicolantonio lays out the case for salt exhaustively. It's sad that a book like this is necessary. Simply put, not enough salt is much more dangerous than too much salt.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The title of this book reeled me in. I love salt and was glad I stumbled upon this. The author did a thorough job presenting the research and the flawed experiments that incorrectly linked sodium to high blood pressure. Turns out sugar is the real culprit, and you should eat as much salt as your body is craving. Happy days!
Kelly Martin
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Oh My God!! I have been back and forth to my Doctor and all I get is a run around. So I pick up this book about low salt.(My blood test came back with low sodium. Nether my Dr. or myself though anything of it.) Then I read this book. I have evey single symptom some going back 40 years! All for the lack of SALT!!
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