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Skip the Salt to Slash Stroke Risk

Posted Jan 04 2014 10:09pm
Posted on Jan. 2, 2014, 6 a.m. in Stroke Diet
Skip the Salt to Slash Stroke Risk

A number of previous studies associate excessive salt intake with hypertension and increased cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a maximum daily salt intake not to exceed 5 grams -- equivalent to about 2,000 mg of sodium.  Marieke AH Hendriksen, from thte Dutch National Institute for Public Health & Environment (The Netherlands), and colleagues observe that the average salt intake among Dutch adults is about 83.4 grams per day -- markedly higher than the WHO guidelines.  The team calculated that up to 6% of the nation's strokes, and up to 5% of the nation's heart attacks -- may be avoided, if residents complied with the WHO guidelines.  The study authors urge that: "Substantial health benefits might be achieved when added salt is removed from processed foods and when consumers choose more for low-salt food alternatives."

Marieke AH Hendriksen, Rudolf T Hoogenveen, Jeljer Hoekstra, Johanna M Geleijnse, Hendriek C Boshuizen, Joop MA van Raaij.  "Potential effect of salt reduction in processed foods on health." Am J Clin Nutr., December 11, 2013.

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