The Doctors: Could salt actually not be harmful to your health?


Is salt actually healthy? “The Salt Fix” author Dr. James DiNicolantonio was a guest on the latest episode of “The Doctors” and argued for exactly that.

The Doctors: Could Salt Actually Not Be Harmful to Your Health?

I think Dr. DiNicolantonio is pretty much correct. Obviously, it’s bad to eat processed junk food with lots of salt in it, but the salt is not the problem. Eat real unprocessed food – without too much sugar or carbs – and you can add as much salt as you like.

The full section of “The Doctors” is embedded below.

Part 1

Part 2



  • The truth about salt
  • The 5 most common mistakes on LCHF [Teaser]
  • A comprehensive guide to salt


“As a Doctor, I Want You to Eat Plenty of Fat, and Add Plenty of Salt to Your Food”

Should You Eat MORE Salt?

Is Salt Addictive?


  1. Louis-Rene
    I've read his book "The salt fix" and it was enlightening. I've upper my salt intake and feel great. High quality salt with the most trace minerals like Redmond salt.
  2. BobM
    I've done the same -- upped my salt intake after reading his book. I haven't experienced any deleterious effects, including any effect (that I can tell) on blood pressure. I'm trying to let my body decide when I need more salt and when I don't. I note that I eat very few prepared foods; I'm mainly eating meat with very few to no vegetables, fruits, dairy per day. Sometimes I'll eat cheese and some vegetables. So, I'm not getting salt other than by eating anchovies and adding salt to my food, though I still dabble in pickles and olives, periodically.
  3. Pierre
    You also have Sherpa pink Himalayan salt
  4. Mechelle
    I feel so relieved. I have been downing a teaspoon of salt in the morning, again at night, and sometimes in the middle of the day--everyday since starting LCHF 5 1/2 years ago. If I don't, I get leg cramps. Thanks for this info, as I had a slight bit of worry even though I don't have any health issues at all. Yeah!
  5. Eric Sodicoff
    I'm willing to wager that this episode of The Doctors is probably the first time any of the participants audience members have heard anyone taking a salt is good position. Dr. Goldberg does her best to restate the orthodox position on salt. James does a good job staying calm and professional and reasonable. I wish they gave James the chance to express his case at length before turning it into a debate. Still its good the issue is getting a national audience.
    Reply: #8
  6. Will
    I read that taking a half teaspoon baking soda daily to reduce my acidity levels ( uric acid) will cause heart problems. Is that correct. Does sodium cause such a condition. That will be the same then for salt right. Can you advise me.
  7. Pam
    I think The Salt Fix is one of the most important health books of the decade. Kudos to James DiNicolantonio for his superb research. I'm yet another "anecdote" experiencing dramatic benefits after having increased salt consumption on a ketogenic diet: no more muscle cramps, dizziness, fatigue when exercising, or heart palpitations; decreased cravings for sugar and alcohol (his chapter on the connection between low sodium and sugar cravings is particularly fascinating); no more feelings of thirst and dehydration despite drinking sufficient water; the resolution of abnormally high blood pressure despite being on a ketogenic diet. Yes, too little salt for too long can lead to high blood pressure and he explains why.

    My 88-year-old mother kept experiencing fainting episodes requiring frequent (and expensive) ambulance trips to the ER, followed by frequent cardiology workups with no explanations provided for the fainting. Finally, an astute physician caught low blood sodium levels. We followed DiNicolantonio's advice for salting food liberally AND taking small amounts of dry salt by mouth throughout the day. No more fainting episodes and no more high blood pressure.

    Read his book. It's now a permanent and important part of my library.

    Many thanks to Stephen Phinney, who's been trying to get us to pay attention to salt for over 30 years, and to James DiNicolantonio for fully documenting the history and science of salt.

  8. Nan5
    I always test low on sodium and yet my doc has never said anything about it. After hearing about the salt debate I looked up the US guidelines and realized I actually don't eat enough salt. I've begun adding more salt, even to the water for coffee and tea, and pour out a half teaspoon in a small dish and just add a touch to my tongue during the day. He's right; my brain shuts down a desire for salt when I've had enough.

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