The World Health Organization has come out with new guidelines that slightly revise the recommended daily limit of salt intake among adults and has also recommended limiting the salt intake among children.
The agency said that high levels of sodium were the main reason for high blood pressure levels which is directly linked with increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, which are the leading reason for deaths worldwide.
AdvertisementAccording to the new guidelines, adults should consume less than 2,000mg of salt every day, slightly lower than the 2,000mg limit recommended earlier. The agency also said that adults should consume at least 3,510mg of potassium every day. It also suggested guidelines limiting salt intake among children older than two years of age.
"Diet-related NCDs are chronic, and take years and decades to manifest; thus, delaying the onset of these diseases could improve lives and result in substantial cost savings. Addressing, during childhood, the problem of elevated blood pressure and other risk factors for NCDs that could manifest later in life is crucial to combat NCDs", WHO said.