Eating too much salt can cause cardiovascular disease, etc., and about 1.65 million people die every year worldwide. This is a research report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on August 13.
The study analyzed data on salt intake surveys in more than 60 countries around the world, which account for three-quarters of the world’s population. It was found that in 2010, the global per capita daily intake of sodium was 3.95 grams, while the World Health Organization recommended a maximum intake of 2 grams. But the situation varies greatly from region to region, such as 2.18 grams in sub-Saharan Africa and 5.51 grams in Central Asia.
The main component of salt is sodium chloride, which is essential for the human body, but excessive intake can lead to high blood pressure, which may lead to cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Nearly 10% of deaths from cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke in the world can be attributed to excessive salt intake, which means that about 1.65 million people die from salt every year. More notably, 80% of these deaths are from low- and middle-income countries.
Research leader, Darius Mozaffarian, director of the Department of Nutrition Science and Policy at the University of Tufts in the United States, said the survey shows that countries around the world need to take effective measures to help people reduce the excessive intake of salt. In.