Half a teaspoon less salt a day could save 100,000 lives, study finds

Nearly 100,000 lives could be saved in the United States every year if people reduced their salt consumption by just half a teaspoon a day, comparable to the benefits of national efforts to reduce smoking, obesity and cholesterol levels, according to a new study.

Consuming half a teaspoon less of salt daily – the equivalent of 1,200 milligrams of sodium – could also prevent up to 120,000 new cases of coronary heart disease, 66,000 strokes and 99,000 heart attacks, according to the study, published by the New England Journal of Medicine online Wednesday…

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