Researchers: Cut the Salt, Save Billions

March 2, 2010 /EIN PRESSWIRE/ The Stanford University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System have a cheap solution to help solve rising healthcare expenses: Cut back on salt.

A study by the two groups says that cutting salt by 10% could prevent hundreds of thousands of heart attacks and strokes over several decades and save the government $32 billion in healthcare costs. The Institute of Medicine says that high blood pressure costs the US $73 billion a year in heathcare costs.

The study suggested both a salt tax and a voluntary effort by the food industry to cut back on salt could be steps taken to cut salt intake.

Seventy-five percent of Americans consume more than the suggested 2.3 grams of salt per day, with 75% of that intake coming from processed foods and restaurant meals.

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