Daily Salt Consumption
As soon as Possible: Here's Why !!
By Srikanto Mandal 5 April, 2023
A report by the World Health Organization warns that 7 million people could die from diseases related to excessive salt consumption by the end of the decade.
Excessive sodium intake is the leading risk factor for an unhealthy diet and is responsible for 1.8 million deaths annually, according to the WHO.
Governments are urged to implement stricter sodium targets for food, clearly mark salt content on the packaging, and increase public awareness of health dangers.
Cardiovascular disease and strokes are linked to eating too much salt, causing millions of deaths globally each year.
Mandatory limits on salt in processed foods could save lives, as they are the main source of sodium for most Americans.
Most people consume double the recommended salt intake, according to the WHO and CDC. Health organizations recommend reducing sodium intake based on scientific evidence.
WHO aims to reduce global salt intake by 30% from 2013 levels, but progress is slow. Over 70% of salt in the American diet comes from packaged and prepared foods, FDA says.
Taste buds can be desensitized to salt, leading to a preference for saltier foods. Reducing salt intake can have rapid health benefits, including lower blood pressure and improved taste perception.
WHO urges governments to implement stricter regulations, raise public awareness, and require food manufacturers to reduce salt levels.
The benefits of reducing salt intake can be significant in preventing premature deaths worldwide. Action is needed to address this urgent public health issue.