Effects of salt (sodium chloride) on human health

In this comprehensive review of the Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies of European Institution on Food Safety the deleterious effects of sodium chloride, table salt, on human health are explained in detail. We quote an excerpt from the summary:

There is strong evidence that the current levels of sodium consumption in European countries contribute to increased blood pressure in the population, which in turn has been directly related to the development of cardiovascular disease and renal disease. For this reason, a number of national and international bodies have set targets for a reduction in the sodium consumed in the diet.”

For anyone who still doubts about the harmful effects of salt, we strongly recommend reading this  thorough document.

Opinion of the Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies on a request from the Commission related to the Tolerable Upper Intake Level of Sodium (Request N° EFSA-Q-2003-018)(adopted on 21 April 2005).

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