The general theory regarding salt consumption is that this ingredient is quite harmful to human health, being behind many conditions, including hypertension and other cardiovascular disorders. However, new research in this direction reveals that salt might not be that bad for your health, reports Advocator. The new study states that a sodium intake between three to five grams is not causing health problems.
According to the new research, recently issued in the Lancet medical journal, the general spread belief is that salt is causing increased blood pressure which might trigger more complex cardiovascular disorder and even stroke. But, as the Canadian researcher highlighted in their new research, it might be useless to reduce the sodium (salt) intake across nations such as the United States or the United Kingdom where the salt consumption is still below 5g of sodium a day, on average.
Salt consumption is not harmful to your health if keeping the sodium intake between three and five grams
At the opposite pole to the US and the UK, there is China with more than 80% of the adult population consuming above 5 g of salt each day. As reported, on the other hand, the majority of the countries researched in the recent study presented an average sodium intake of between three to five grams.
“Our study shows we should be far more concerned about targeting communities and countries with high average sodium intake (above five grams a day, such as China) and bringing them down to the moderate range (three to five grams a day),” asserted Andrew Mente from the McMaster University’s Population Health Research.
The study’s outcomes say that a moderate salt consumption, not exceeding three to five grams of sodium, is not bad for people’s health. However, according to research carried out previously by the World Health Organization (WHO) the sodium intake should be below 2 grams a day to reduce the global incidence of hypertension and strokes associated with high salt consumption.