95,767: That’s how many participants in 369 communities were assessed for blood pressure, as part of an effort to understand how much salt is healthy. Turns out 2.5 teaspoons is how much you can consume on a daily basis without increasing health risks, according to a new study in The Lancet.
Fewer than 5 percent of people in developed countries eat that much salt daily, with many of the heaviest consumers in China. Even those who take in a lot of sodium can offset the risks by adding more fruit, vegetables, dairy, potatoes, and potassium-rich foods to their diet.
The results suggest we can consume more salt than groups like the World Health Organization and American Heart Association have long recommended.