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75 Percent of the World’s Population Consumes Too Much Salt, Says Study

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While we know that consuming too much salt is linked to heart disease, obesity, and other health problems, a third of us are still eating too much of it, according to a new study presented at an American Heart Association meeting [HuffingtonPost.com].

In an analysis of 247 surveys, which covered 187 countries, taken from 1990 to 2010 through the Global Burden of Diseases Study, researchers found that people worldwide consumed nearly 4,000 milligrams of salt a day. That’s twice the amount recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and three times that recommended by the American Heart Association.

Of the 187 countries analyzed, 181 had higher sodium intake and 119 had a much higher (more than 1,000 mg) intake than recommended by the WHO.

A second study presented at the meeting found that eating too much salt was associated with 2.3 million deaths from heart-related causes in 2010.

To learn more about the effects of sodium and how to regulate it in your diet, read “How to Manage Sodium in Your Diet.”

Tags: Nutrients, Health, Disease

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