A new study has shown that if Americans reduced their salt intake by half a
teaspoon each day, it would result in 6% fewer new cases of heart disease, and 3% fewer deaths. Although it’s been known for some time that increased sodium intake is a leading cause of hypertension leading to heart disease, salt consumption is up about 50% since the 1970s.
The average American eats 10-12 grams of salt daily, or up to 4,800 milligrams of sodium. The recommended maximum level is about half of this.
One major problem with reducing salt consumption is the amount of processed food products that Americans eat, that contain high levels of salt and Monosodium Glutamate, rather than the salt shaker on the dining room table.
It’s another reason to eat less processed food, and more fresh food cooked at home.