Excessive consumption of salt

Other Names:
Eating too much sodium

The American government recommends that people reduce their salt intake by one third to 6 grams a day. Salt consumption levels per capita have been constant for the last century.


As an indication, the market for salt in the UK in 1986 was £19 million.


At every age there is a link between salt intake and blood pressure. An extra 6 grams of salt per day can produce systolic blood pressures 5 to 7 points higher.

Counter Claim:

There is no study to show that people who reduce their salt consumption are healthier or live longer.

Reduced By:
Low salt diet
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Date of last update
18.04.2019 – 13:28 CEST