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Why is too much salt a health risk?

Mary Mullen
Nutrition & Dietetics
People who eat a diet high in sodium (salt) are at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease. and stroke. Early stages of health problems related to blood pressure begin during childhood, so both children and adults should cut back on sodium, working gradually toward a goal of 1,500 mg of sodium (or less) per day. That’s about two-thirds of a teaspoon of table salt.
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