Mike posted this article today among the “In The News” bits: Potassium Salt Substitute Is Good for the Heart. Once again, the day’s headlines trumpet ground-breaking nutritional news, hot off the press, so new, so revolutionary, and so cutting-edge…at least it was when we wrote about it in the LifePlan 6 years ago and, before that, in Protein Power 10 years ago. Actually, even farther back, Mike advocated switching to potassium based salt substitutes in Thin So Fast, 16 years ago.
If vindication is good for the soul, our ethereal selves must be in fine shape by now.
Still, the message is a good one–we would all be better off increasing our consumption of potassium and reducing the consumption of sodium. We can do that by choosing to eat higher potassium foods, such as tomatoes, artichokes, yellow peppers, daikon, winter squash, nori (seaweed), edamame, black soybeans, spinach, turnip (and other dark leafy) greens . Or we can augment it by substituting a little “No Salt” for table salt in cooking to spiff up the potassium content. Or we can take a good potassium/magnesium supplement. The unifying theory here is to get more potassium for better health.
Based on the premise of this “new and groundbreaking research” about potassium enrichment and heart disease, just one look at the list of potassium-rich foods above might help to explain (at least to some degree) the lower rates of heart disease in countries like Japan. (And yet another reason why a diet, such as Protein Power, is also good for the heart.)
As we wrote so long ago now, by design, we’re best suited to a diet high in potassium. Our ancient ancestors subsisted on the very roots, shoots, nuts, and berries and naturally mineralized waters that provided them with a diet far richer in potassium and magnesium than we get today and with far less sodium. We’ve known it for eons. Now, apparently, medical science confirms it. So, go ye forth and eat a diet higher in potassium… just like we’ve always told you to do.
Like I said, vindication is good for the soul.