Five Grams of Daily Salt Intake Safe For Heart
Any health risk of sodium intake is virtually eliminated if people improve their diet quality by adding fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, potatoes, and other potassium rich foods, according to the researchers from McMaster University in Canada.
"The WHO recommends consumption of fewer than two grams of sodium - that is one teaspoon of salt - a day as a preventative measure against cardiovascular disease," said Andrew Mente from McMaster University.
"But there is little evidence in terms of improved health outcomes that individuals ever achieve at such a low level," said Mente.
"Only in the communities with the most sodium intake - those over five grams a day of sodium - which is mainly in China, did we find a direct link between sodium intake and major cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke," Mente said.
"In communities that consumed less than five grams of sodium a day, the opposite was the case. Sodium consumption was inversely associated with myocardial infarction or heart attacks and total mortality, and no increase in stroke," he said.
"We found all major cardiovascular problems, including death, decreased in communities and countries where there is an increased consumption of potassium which is found in foods such as fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, potatoes and nuts and beans," Mente added.
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