A study carried out by the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital has revealed that young Swedish men are consuming at least double the recommended amount of salt.
"It's alarming that young Swedish men are consuming so much salt, and something needs to be done about it. We can really only speculate on the consequences of such a high salt intake later on in life, in the form of cardiovascular diseases and stroke," said Lena Hulthén, Professor in Clinical Nutrition at the Sahlgrenska Academy.
The study included almost a hundred men in their twenties. Urine samples from all participants were analysed over a 24-hour period. The participants also answered questions about their eating habits.
The urine samples showed that the young men were consuming at least two times the World Health Organisation's recommended daily intake of six grams.
"High salt intake can lead to high blood pressure, but we couldn't detect any connection in our study. High blood pressure doesn't usually develop until a person is in their 30s or 40s, since the kidneys' ability to deal with the excess salt deteriorates with age," said Lena Hulthén.