With a pinch of salt

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

LES­LIE GED­DES-BROWN opines that ‘smug’ sci­en­tists ‘should just shut up about their pos­si­ble find­ings’ (Spec­ta­tor, June 21). Sci­en­tists rarely im­pose their find­ings on the pub­lic—i would sug­gest that it is jour­nal­ists who alarm and con­fuse read­ers with their in­ter­pre­ta­tions of sci­en­tific find­ings. Dr Dini­colan­to­nio’s hy­poth­e­sis that re­strict­ing sodium in­take may not re­duce the risk of hy­per­ten­sion and that low-sodium di­ets could ad­versely af­fect health, doesn’t re­flect a sci­en­tific con­sen­sus and the Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to rec­om­mend lim­it­ing salt in­take. Fiona Wil­liams, Nor­folk

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