Most people today consume about twice the World Health Organization recommended daily intake of sodium, and new research suggests that even the recommended level may be too high. This results in part from the fact that salt consumption is often inconsistent day-to-day, so ideally you should measure how much sodium a person has in their system by taking urine samples on three different, non-adjacent days. The problem is, this is more expensive and more of a hassle, so past studies often used less accurate measures. This helps explain why even the WHO recommendation for daily salt intake is probably too much, and you should reduce salt intake even further in order to avoid the elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.

Key Takeaways:

  • Although the human body requires some Sodium Chloride to function efficiently, the amount is very small and generally many times less than the amounts typically consumed.
  • According to the World Health Organization, adult individuals ought to be consuming less than 5 grams of salt per day.
  • Studies that have posited that consuming less than 7.5 grams or more than 12.5 is grams is unhealthful are deemed by some in the scientific community as likely flawed.

“But other studies suggest that the relationship between salt consumption and disease is not linear.”

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