WHO urges countries to ban high-salt foods to combat hypertension

POLITICO Europe May 15, 2024, 01:00 PM UTC

Summary: The World Health Organization recommends setting legal limits on salt in foods to combat high blood pressure. 51 out of 53 European countries exceed the WHO's 5g daily salt intake limit. Excessive salt consumption is a major cause of hypertension, a key risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Lowering salt intake can reduce CVD deaths and heart attacks. WHO's report emphasizes the need for action on salt and hypertension.

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