A recent study recommends to cut sodium consumption by at least a quarter. This is to prevent over half a million deaths in the U.S. over the next decade.
The average American consumes about 3,600 mg of sodium per day and the national recommendations for healthy adult individual is 1,500 milligrams per day. So there is a lot of cutting to do.
The author of the study from the University of California stated that “The gradual reduction in salt consumption, is something that many countries around the world are working on in many ways”. The majority of sodium intake is coming from different types of processed foods. Therefore, sodium reduction intake is important for everyone and not just a small set of people who are salt sensitive.
For the research, the researchers ran at least three salt-reduction scenarios by computer simulations, that predicted how a lower-sodium diet would affect an individual’s risk of having high blood pressure or dying of cardiovascular disease.
The researchers calculated that at least 280,000 to 500,000 fewer Americans would die over the next decade, as a result of a slower decline in average sodium intake over 10 years, to about 2,200 mg per day.
For individuals who do want to reduce their sodium consumption, experts recommends small dietary changes. Change your diet to little more fresh vegetables and fruits and away from processed foods.