Key facts About Salt intake according to World health organization (WHO)
Post by on Monday, December 6, 2021
1. High sodium consumption(>2 grams/day, equivalent to 5g salt/day)and insufficient potassium intake(less than 3.5 grams/day)contribute to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
2. The main source of sodium in our diet is salt, although it can come from sodium glutamate, used as a condiment in many parts of the world.
3. Most people consume too much salt—on average 9-12grams per day,or around twice the recommended maximum level of intake.
4. Salt intake of less than 5grams per day for adults helps to reduce blood pressure and risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and coronary heart attack. The principal benefit of lowering salt intake is a corresponding reduction in high blood pressure.
5. Reducing salt intake has been identified as one of the most cost-effective measures countries can take to improve population health outcomes. Key salt reduction measures will generate an extra year of healthy life for a cost that falls below the average annual income or gross domestic product per person.