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Modest Salt Reduction Lowers BP

Modest salt restriction significantly reduces stroke and heart attack risk.

A systematic literature review found that modestly reducing salt intake was associated with an average blood pressure reduction of 4.18/2.06 mm Hg (systolic/diastolic). This reduction from the current average daily salt intake of 9-12 grams to 5-6 grams results in a significant (P<0.001) benefit to blood pressure, and in turn reduces risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure.

PositiveTip: Think twice before grabbing the salt shaker! Ask: have you tasted the food and does it really need more?