The World Health Organization recommends that adults should not consume more than two grams of sodium (salt) per day. A new study in Tufts University shows: the excess of this limit is the reason for every tenth death from cardiovascular disease in the world each year, says Medical News Today.
Sodium is found in most foods – milk, beets, and even celery. He also is added in large amounts in processed foods, including meat and bread.
Sodium`s excess raises blood pressure, and this threatens to stroke and heart disease. However, very few are the scientists, who assessed how much damage on the health of the world’s population causes the excessive consumption of sodium. It was found that this is the cause of 1.65 million deaths per year due to diseases of the vessels and the heart.
Experts analyzed data from 205 different studies, which cover approximately 75% of the population. Scientists are interested in how the consumption of sodium varies according to sex, age and country. Then they inserted in the calculation and the relationship of sodium to pressure, high pressure and cardiovascular diseases.
It turned out like this: according to data from 2010 the world population has consumed an average of 3.95 grams per day (about two times normal). Thus the residents of all countries exceeded the limit. For example, in tropical Africa are consumed 2.18 g, USA – 3.6 g, and in Central Asia – 5.51 g.
Most often, death from cardiovascular disease, caused by the love to the salt, was in poor countries and middle-income countries. According to scientists, in fact, the situation may be even worse because the level of sodium was evaluated in urine. And this is not the most accurate test.