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Way Too Much Salt In The Diet Of The World’s Population, Study Finds

March 21, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
The American Heart Association recommends a limit of 1,500 mg of salt per day; the World Health Organization recommends 2,000 mg. But a new U.S. study finds that 75 percent of the world population consumes an average of 4,000 mg of sodium daily through commercially prepared foods, table salt, and salt and soy sauce added during cooking. The researchers said they hope the findings will encourage national governments around the globe to “develop public health interventions to lower sodium”. Excess sodium intake raises blood pressure and can lead to cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in the world.
Saman Fahimi et al., "Adults Worldwide Eat Almost Double Daily Recommended Amount of Sodium", News release, research presented at the American Heart Association's Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism and Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention 2013 scientific sessions, March 21, 2013, © American Heart Association
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