SANCHITA SHARMA

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO -

Salt does not dam­age health un­less you have more than twice the rec­om­mended amount, said a new study in The Lancet, spark­ing out­rage among pub­lic health ex­perts who want salt in­take cut in most coun­tries by at least 30%.

The study, which an­a­lysed data from more than 95,700 peo­ple from 18 coun­tries, in­clud­ing In­dia, found that sys­tolic (higher read­ing) blood pres­sure went up by 2·86 mmhg per 1 gm in­crease in sodium in­take only in peo­ple who had more than 5 gms of sodium per day.

Five gram of sodium is equiv­a­lent to 12.5 gms of salt, which is 2.5 times more than the di­etary salt in­take of 5 gms (one level tea­spoon of salt, 2 gm of sodium) per day rec­om­mended by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The Lancet study found that

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