salt and diet:
The trouble with excess salt:
The trouble with excess salt is located here in this case.Diets rich in salt may delay puberty, according to a study presented at the European Conference of Endocrinology in Dublin.
As the salt content in Western diets increases, these results could have dire consequences for the reproductive health of future generations.
University of Wyoming:
Researchers from the University of “Wyoming”, in the United States of America led by Mrs. Dory Pitinsky, are investigating the effect of varying levels of table salt at the onset of puberty in mice.
The researchers found that mice fed a high-salt diet (3 or 4 times the daily recommended ration for humans) had a significant delay in reaching puberty compared to those fed a (low) normal-salt diet.
Interestingly the mice who had had salt completely excluded from their diet had delayed puberty as well.
Ms. Petinski and her colleagues concluded that salt intake is essential for the onset of puberty that too much salt can affect reproductive health.
Delayed onset of puberty can lead to behavioral problems, stress and a decrease in fertility.
To date, and despite extensive research on the effect of varying levels of dietary fat on puberty, no one has yet looked at the effect of dietary fats.
“Our work shows that high levels of fat and salt have adverse effects on reproductive health,” said Ms. Petinski.
“It is thought that a high-fat diet causes precipitating puberty, but our work shows that mice fed diets with a high level of salt will show a delay in the onset of puberty even with a high-fat diet,” she added.
“Our research shows for the first time that the effect of salt content in the diet is more important for reproductive health than the effect of fat content,” she added.
Recent WHO guidelines state that people around the world consume far more salt than is physiologically necessary,
Certainly more than the WHO’s recommended daily ration of 5 grams of salt per day for adults.
Sodium is found naturally in many foods, including milk, cream, and eggs.
It is also found in much greater quantities in processed foods, such as bread and processed meats such as bacon, and snacks.
As well as in condiments such as soy sauce and broth cubes. Which has become more prevalent in the Western diet.
And Mrs. Petinsky said: “The widespread consumption of salt among the residents of Western countries has the potential to significantly affect reproductive health, and deserves more attention.”
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