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Special Reports November 2014 Issue

Will You Be Part of Salt’s Global Reach?

New study calculates worldwide sodium consumption and cost to health.

If you’re worried about getting too much sodium from salt in your diet, a new globe-spanning study reports you should have company among 99% of the world’s population. Daily sodium consumption in the 66 countries studied averaged 3,950 milligrams—nearly twice the maximum recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). That excess sodium intake, researchers estimated, contributes to about 1.65 million deaths a year worldwide from cardiovascular causes.

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