Why didn’t Jesus speak out against salt in the diet?

God Evidently Likes Salt

Leviticus 2:12-13  You shall offer only the firstfruits of them and gifts: but they shall not be put upon the altar, for a savour of sweetness. Whatsoever sacrifice thou offerest, thou shalt season it with salt: neither shalt thou take away the salt of the covenant of thy God from thy sacrifice. In all thy oblations thou shalt offer salt.

Mark 9:50 Salt is good. But if the salt become unsavoury, wherewith will you season it? Have salt in you: and have peace among you.

Colossians 4:6  Let your speech be always in grace seasoned with salt: that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

The Truth About Salt

America has declared war on salt. The nutrition militia, claiming that the enemy is attacking you and your buddies, points to hypertension stats: More than 20 percent of American men between 35 and 44 have high blood pressure. Even the Institute of Medicine is leaning on the government to set standards for sodium content in foods; and the American Heart Association, along with the City of New York and 30 other cities, is promoting a new National Salt Reduction Initiative.

So should you enlist? It’s a tough battle. “If people want to avoid salt, they really can’t—not unless they skip processed, prepared, and restaurant foods,” says Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University.

What’s more, salt may not even be the true enemy. Before you sign up to fight, tune out the hysteria and plunge into the latest nutrition intel.

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