It seems as though salt has been forgotten about in recent years, with focus shifting diets low on sugar and fat.
But it’s important to remember that too much salt will also put a strain on your body. New research has found that cutting 200mg of salt a day (the equivalent to a pack of potato chips) could cut people’s risk of dying from heart disease.
Researchers, led by Boston’s Tufts University, also estimate that by cutting 400mg of salt a day, the U.S. could save $3 billion in health care costs.
It’s currently thought that Americans consume nearly double the recommended 2,000mg of salt a day. Too much salt can lead to a host of heart problems, as well as kidney failure and stroke.
For their findings, the team, made up of U.S. and U.K.-based researchers, were able to measure the effectiveness of regulation to reduce salt intake by 10 per cent over 10 years in 183 countries.