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Moderate salt intake not as bad as earlier thought: Study

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People with moderate or average intake need not reduce their intake for and stroke, suggests a new study involving 94,000 people from different parts of the world, including

For a vast majority of individuals, consumption does not increase heart risks, except for those who eat more than five grams a day, the equivalent of 2.5 teaspoons of salt, showed the findings published in the journal The Lancet.

Even those who consume a little more than five grams of a day, need not worry a lot as the study said that any risk of intake is virtually eliminated if people improve their diet quality by adding fruits, vegetables, dairy foods, potatoes, and other potassium rich foods.

"The World Organization recommends consumption of less than two grams of sodium -- that's one teaspoon of -- a day as a preventative measure against cardiovascular disease, but there is little evidence in terms of improved outcomes that individuals ever achieve at such a low level," said of the study from (PHRI) of University in Ontario,

The researchers followed 94,000 people, aged 35 to 70, for an average of eight years in communities from 18 countries around the world and found there was an associated risk of and only where the average intake was greater than five grams of sodium a day.

is the only country in the study where 80 per cent of communities have a sodium intake of more than five grams a day.

In the other countries, the majority of the communities had an average sodium consumption of 3 to 5 grams a day (equivalent to 1.5 to 2.5 teaspoons of salt).

Most previous studies on sodium intake had shown that and were based on individual-level information, said Martin O'Donnell, at



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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 16:04 IST