The consequences of excessive salt intake

WHO recommends not taking more than 5 g of salt per day (one teaspoon) but we easily reach 12. Do you want to know the consequences?

In your mind. The brain of mice that consume excess salt is disturbed. After eight weeks on a salt-rich diet, rodents differentiate known objects from unknown ones and their sense of orientation is affected. It has been confirmed by neuroscientists at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine (USA), who believe that these data can be extrapolated to humans who love salty food.

In your body. Reducing salt intake can be as beneficial to the body as quitting smoking. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine states that if the US population takes 3 g less salt per day there would be 34,000 strokes and 45,000 fewer heart attacks per year in that country.

Delicate balance

The sodium (providing salt) and potassium work together. But what happens when we drink more sodium than we should? That the balance is broken increasing the risk of suffering heart disease and stroke. The solution is to reduce salt intake and increase that of fruits and vegetables, rich in potassium that lowers blood pressure.

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