The Korean Paradox: The Highest Salt Consumption, lowest risk of Heart Disease.

The Korean Paradox: The Highest Salt Consumption, lowest risk of Heart Disease.


"Cut down on your salt intake." This advice seems to echo from every corner of health and wellness. Salt has long been seen as a villain when it comes to heart health. But what happens when we take a closer look at the real-world impact of salt consumption, especially in a country like Korea? The Korean Paradox presents a fascinating twist in the salt-heart narrative, challenging our assumptions and sparking new discussions about the relationship between salt and cardiovascular health.


The Curious Case of Korea

Enter the Korean Paradox, a phenomenon that defies conventional wisdom. Korea, a country known for its rich culinary heritage that often includes salt-laden dishes like KIMCHI, boasts the highest salt consumption in the world. Surprisingly, it also claims the title for the lowest risk of heart disease. This intriguing paradox raises a crucial question: Could the relationship between salt and heart health be more complex than we initially thought?


Recent studies have shed light on this paradox, prompting researchers to question established norms. One particular study turned heads by presenting evidence that challenged the linear link between salt intake and heart disease risk. This research suggested that excessively low salt intake might actually increase the risk of heart disease. This revelation forces us to reconsider the "less salt is always better" mantra. The study (


In this study participants who ate upwards to 9 grams of sodium a day had less risk of heart disease than those who ate 2. That's 4.5x the amount the FDA recommends a day. 



The Nuanced Reality: Salt's Role

While salt undoubtedly plays a role in heart health, the Korean Paradox underscores the need to consider a nuanced perspective. Salt is a mineral that serves multiple functions in the body, including maintaining fluid balance, nerve transmission, and muscle function. Cutting salt intake too drastically might lead to unintended consequences, disrupting these vital functions and potentially impacting heart health.



Rethinking Our Approach

The Korean Paradox forces us to reevaluate our approach to salt and heart health. While moderation remains key, a more balanced view acknowledges that not all individuals react the same way to varying salt levels. Rather than demonizing salt universally, we should prioritize a holistic approach to heart health that takes into account individual differences, dietary patterns, and cultural contexts. We at Salt of the Earth recommend upwards to 6g daily to match this recent study. You can get 6-9g of sodium from your food, your water, or 6 sticks of our Salt of the Earth electrolytes. If you are fasting or intermittent fast we recommend even up to 9 sticks to cover your hydration insurance. 


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