The World Health Organization (WHO) has reduced the daily rate of salt for an adult, which was hitherto 2,000 mg.
WHO experts have presented new recommendations for daily intake of salt for adults and the first to develop recommendations for children aged two years, according to the news agency Reuters.
Adult physicians are still advised to consume no more than 2,000 mg of salt. Now, at the initiative of the WHO figure was slightly reduced. The World Health Organization notes with people’s attention to the need for the introduction of additional sources of dietary mineral element potassium daily rate which is 3510 mg. Today, most people continue to consume too much sodium and a small amount of potassium, according to the organization.
Potassium, as the experts of WHO, is found abundantly in legumes, nuts, certain types of vegetables (cabbage and spinach), as well as tropical fruits - bananas and papaya. Salt is present in many foods such as milk or eggs. However, its levels are usually very high in processed foods. In comparison, the daily rate of sodium is 100 g of bacon, crackers, salty pretzels or popcorn.
Experts of the World Health Organization hopes that they developed new standards will help in solving the global problem - the rapid spread of cardiovascular disease and obesity, including children. Physicians are reminded that the use of salt in unlimited quantities threatens the emergence of early hypertension and stroke.