Average Salt Consumption Safe for Heart


The majority of individuals’ intake of sodium does not accelerate health risk except for those who consume more than 5 grams a day, identical to 2.5 teaspoons of salt. Less than five per cent of individuals in advanced countries cross that mark.

The expansive international study also showcases that even for those individuals there is good news. There is a way to overcome this habit of high salt intake by increasing in your diet fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, potatoes, and other potassium rich foods.

The research went after 94,000 people, aged 35 to 70, for an average of eight years in communities from18 countries around the world and discovered that there is a linked risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes where the intake of sodium is higher than 5 grams a day.

China is the only country where the intake of salt is more than 5 grams a day per individual. In alternate countries consumption of salt is more or less 3 to 5 grams a day. Andrew Mente, first author of the study and a PHRI researcher said that the WHO advocates intake of less than 2 grams of sodium that become 1 teaspoon of salt a day as a prohibitive estimate against cardiovascular disease but there is hardly any proof in context of enhanced health results that mortal gains at such a low level.

He also appended that the American Heart Association suggests even less 1.5 grams of sodium a day for persons who have risk of heart disease.